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Frederick Law Olmsted: Comment on Commerce

From: Genius of Place by Justin Martin (Recommended Reading)

During his travels, Mr. Olmsted was often struck by how the demands of commerce crowded OUT anything of lasting value – a venerable Olmstedian theme.

Old Kenmore Square. Westgate Hotel designed by Arthur Vinal. The Westgate is prototypically Boston in its 1890s architectural styling. Clad with yellow brick with integrated carved stone and ornamentation, with bowed copper bays. It WAS a fitting gateway into Kenmore Square and an example of Victorian Boston architecture (Demolished 2020)
Large commercial building with old fashioned gas advertisement above it
New Kenmore Square

Further reading:

Excellent in-depth article with pictures: “History of Kenmore Square Part 1- Graham Junior College” by Bill Tarulich

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