Eastern Airlines Terminal, 1971 (Destroyed)
They’re tearing down the old Eastern Airlines Terminal at Logan. I don’t think this one is going to upset the community of architectural preservationists. Although you never know. Maybe they’ll decide it’s an important example of the Spun Sugar school of architecture of the 1960s. The former Eastern—it’s long been known as Terminal A—is an elephant in drag. It’s so huge it can hide a thousand parked cars, like bats, up among its roofbeams where they’re practically invisible. Yet it’s clothed in architectural lace: delicate curving white arches that give it the look of an Oriental temple, or maybe an old Fannie Farmer candy box. There are lessons in this rather sad story. The first is a tragedy of hubris. Eastern is only 23 years old, hardly even an adult. It was built with pride and hope. It was intended as a major civic monument, spacious and grand, a gateway to the city like the great railroad terminals of the past... But it was a pompous and silly building. The architectural grandiosity was little more than an advertising gimmick, a logo for Eastern Airlines.
Robert Campbell The Boston Globe, 1993