Our roving correspondent and photographer, engineer Bob Johnson, gives us these new photos of Holabird and Roche's 1925 Palmer House, now completely debearded of the trio of external fire escapes and grills that have subdivided the State Street facade for decades. What's remarkable about the change is how strongly it re-establishes the grand horizontal sweep of the building's five story-base, reestablishing a much more lucid and elegant visual foundation for the three tall red-brick wings that rise about it.
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