The dream behind Boston’s forbidding Government Service Center Architect Paul Rudolph’s love of the sublime ended up creating a downtown fortress — but may yet offer a new vision for the city ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page The civic vision trapped inside Boston’s most forbidding brutalist palace. Paul Rudolph archive, Library of Congress A cross-section drawing of the mental health building; the tower at right was never completed. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Today, the building's courtyard offers some respite, for those who find their way in. Charles Carey/Globe staff Rudolph's distressed concrete surfaces were seen in 1971. Charles Dixon/Globe staff The surfaces were painstakingly created by hand. Boston Globe/file 1969 The complex under construction in 1969. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff The complex as it appears today.