PEARL STREET ASSOCIATES (F.A. STAHL ASSOCIATES, HUGH STUBBINS AND ASSOCIATES, LEMESSURIER AND ASSOCIATES)
State Street Bank, 1966
The State Street Bank Building, an early private venture that furthered the renewal plan by reinforcing the financial district, came under design review because it required zoning changes. Thirty-four stories of crisp concrete window units (with eight corner offices on each floor) are kind to the skyline and share in the view of a most visible city.
Boston Society of Architects Architecture Boston, 1976
The State Street Bank is made with precast-concrete window frames, each a distinct unit. They’re carefully studied, nicely proportioned, of a size to imagine yourself into. These frames are quite believably related to old Boston; quite comparable to the windows of older buildings nearby. In this they are appealing. But assembled in sheets across the face of a large building, with no intermediate structure exposed, they lose all dimension. The units become texture and there extent becomes arbitrary; there could be more or there could be fewer. On the skyline we’re left with a rather amiable but vague block.... The architects evidently cared about Boston and the scale of the buildings that make up its fabric, but to know this we must think it; the building gives us little chance to sense their concern or to feel that the building is a companion to the street. Even so, think of the glass-sheathed peers of its period and you will recognize that this is a noble effort.
Donlyn Lyndon The City Observed: Boston, 1982