CURTIS AND RILEY ARCHITECTS
Massachusetts Teachers' Association, 1968

The Massachusetts Teachers’ Association building] uses a highly faceted pre-cast window-surround panel as the primary building unit. The panels here accomplish what articulated concrete panels do so well: they create a monumentally scaled texture that in turn defines the overall character of the building. Despite its pretension, the building sits on a parcel no wider than three slim townhouses. Given its tiny size, the entire massing of the building is defined by the crenellated panels strung together along the short facades, which conjure visions of geodes, sea urchins, inhaling accordions. The obvious strangeness and inadvertent humor of the building come from the complete misalignment of material ambition and site scale.

Christina Crawford "Mini Monuments or Strange Little Monsters," for "Heroic," 2009