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You can’t get there from there

I VISITED Boston City Hall shortly after it opened. I was given a flyer on “getting around’’ in Boston City Hall. Here is what it said:

“If you enter the building from the south, from City Hall Square, you are already on the third floor and may descend from the South Entry Hall to lower floors by elevators, stairs, and escalator, and ascend to upper floors by elevators or stairs. If you enter from the north, from New Congress Street, you are in the multi-leveled Main Concourse and may descend to the first floor via elevators or stairs, ascend to the Mezzanine by elevators, stairs, or escalator, and to floors beyond the third floor by elevators or stairs. A third entrance, from Dock Square, is used primarily as a service or loading entrance.

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“The bank of elevators in the South Entry Hall does not contain a stop for the fourth floor because on that side of the building the fourth floor is the landing at the top of the main stairway, which looks down on the South Entry Hall, and which also leads to the walk-through courtyard. On the north side of the building, there are a few fourth floor offices, so the north bank of elevators does contain a fourth floor stop. . . . The north side of the building does not have a fifth floor, so the north elevators contain no fifth floor stop.’’


Edwin A. Lane


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