Like it or hate it, Boston is unarguably a center for Brutalism in America. Building with concrete represented one of the major architectural movements of the postwar era, but in Boston it was deployed in more numerous and diverse civic, cultural, residential, corporate, and academic projects than in any other major U.S. city.
Brutalism is currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity. In 2024, we commemorate the 55th anniversary of two of Boston’s concrete gems—the New England Aquarium and Boston City Hall (the buildings that bookend the tour). Join us as we explore the historical and social context of an architectural style that has put Boston on the international map, but which Bostonians still love to hate.
Public Tour Calendar
Meet your guide outside the entrance to the New England Aquarium IMAX Theatre, Central Wharf.
Finding Your Guide: All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Boston By Foot Walking Tours.”
Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Aquarium (Blue Line)
This tour ends in the general area of Boston City Hall.
Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Government Center (Blue & Green Lines)