Five for Friday is a regular Solomon McCown blog feature in which one of our PR pros shares five of their favorite hobbies, passions, or interests. This week, we hear from Senior Vice President Wendy Goldstein Pierce.
I love watching the city grow and change, and Solomon McCown is lucky enough to be working with the developers and architects who are making it happen. For that reason, my Five for Friday is a list of favorite buildings in Boston – some old, some new. And, if you haven’t visited any of these, take the time to check them out.
1. Rowes Wharf – This is a majestic building on Boston’s Waterfront. It faces the water beautifully but also looks incredible when viewed from the Rose Kennedy Greenway. I love that the architect thought about how it would be looked at from all sides, considering that when it was built, the massive Southeast Expressway was at its front door.
2. Back Bay Brownstones – Nothing says Boston to me more than a row of Back Bay brownstones. My husband and I lived on Beacon Street for 12 years and the historic feel of walking down the street each day makes it my favorite place we’ve lived.
3. 111 Huntington – A tower with a crown. While I don’t think this building is all that special, I love what the crown represents. Boston’s beloved late Mayor Thomas Menino wanted something more interesting at the top, so the developer let him choose. Many folks call this the “R2D2” building. See if you can see why.
4. The Institute of Contemporary Art – Now best seen from the water, I love the way the ICA stood out in the Seaport all by itself before much else was built there. It makes perfect sense for a museum of pioneering art to be in a pioneer location. The entire building is oriented to the harbor and standing on the deck on a summer night is breathtaking – never mind the fabulous works you see when you go inside.
5. 75 State Street – While I don’t think the architecture of 75 State Street is all that special, this building is the first project to which I paid close attention. I remember reading about the process of the building and financing, and all the scandals around it fascinated me and showed me how the city worked. And then, at my first job, we represented the developer and it gave me the opportunity to meet the late Norman Leventhal, one of the city’s true heroes. So for that reason, 75 State has a special place in my heart.