Friday, September 28, 2007

Clean Shaven Palmer House Debuts

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.


Anonymous said...

I thought I was going to kind of miss them, with their odd mongramed louvers, but it is really much more beautiful now that they are gone.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for showing us those pictures, Lynn.

You mentioned the "grand horizontal sweep of the building's five story-base." How nice that there was a time when developers and architects knew what good planning was.

Seems like whatever the buidling is now, they just throw a clunky above-ground parking pedestal in its place.