opinion | Harry Bartnick Give Boston’s City Hall a much-needed makeover ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page We don’t need to tear it down. Jodi Hilton for the New York Times/file 2006 Since it was built in the late 1960s, City Hall has been a building that many Bostonians love to hate. There have been calls to demolish it or to alter the exterior. But there may be a more temporary way to change the building for our modern tastes while preserving its Brutalist style. Harry Bartnick What if we created a sheath of glass? Harry Bartnick The glass curtain wall would progress from just below the cornice to ground level in a combination of alternating diagonal and vertical planes, progressively moving away from the building as it reaches the ground. Harry Bartnick There’s also an energy-savings benefit to this concept. Encapsulating the building in glass would create a climate-controlled, passive solar interior environment. Harry Bartnick Feasibility studies and cost estimates would need to be done, but the cost of this proposal pales in comparison with the cost of a more invasive exterior remodeling, or a new building. And over time, the savings in heating costs would defray the expense of the project. Harry Bartnick The building could appear luminous and crystalline, transparent, welcoming, sheltering, inclusive — all better metaphors for city government.