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letters | again, the question: What to do with City Hall?

Building is an American classic

Paul McMorrow’s opinion about Boston City Hall is a common one (“Tear down City Hall,” Op-ed, Sept. 24). It is the voice of the casual observer, and is in marked contrast to the opinion of people who have spent their professional lives thinking about architecture. It is not just a “small group of modern architecture fans in Boston,” but rather much of the American design community that recognizes City Hall’s significance and quality.

The building remains the strongest expression of city government in the modern period in America, and it is something that citizens of a city where local government matters should be proud of. It would be easier to enjoy if it were better maintained and enriched with the kind of decoration imagined by its designers.

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