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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The power of beautiful architecture

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In 2009 a new Community Rowing Inc. boathouse opened along a neglected stretch of the Charles River in Boston. It replaced an old building that was so innocuous that I can't even remember what it looked like, despite the fact I have been driving by it for two decades. The public has been so enchanted and seduced by the new building that membership in CRI has doubled in one year.

Robert Campbell, the architectural critic for the Boston Globe, wrote “The architecture of the exuberant new Community Rowing Boathouse in Brighton is such a joy. This is a building that is happy to look, fresh, new, democratic and up-to-date… This is one of the best new pieces of architecture in Boston.” And I'll add, most innovative use of shingle style since 19th century.

I love the glass storage shed which looks so colorful from the street, especially during the gloom of winter.

 (this pic from CRI website. Glass storage shed on left.)