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Historic Resources Committee

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    Free and open to the public

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    Knowledge Community



Adapting Mid-century Landscapes: The Future of the Christian Science Plaza

Mid-century architecture is reaching the point where it is becoming more understood and more respected, just when it is at its most deteriorated and, in many case, in imminent danger of demolition or irreversible alteration. The same is true for the many landscapes designed in the same era. At our December HRC meeting, John Amodeo, Principal, and Chris Bridle, Senior Associate and Lead Designer, of CRJA-IBI Group join us as featured speakers to contrast the emerging movement of Mid-century Landscape preservation with the need for restoration and repair of the Christian Science Plaza, Boston’s largest privately-owned public open space.

The Plaza was designed in 1972 by I. M. Pei’s Araldo Cossutta to integrate closely with his three new buildings for the Christian Science Center Complex. While the Plaza looked fine then and now from 30,000 feet – a testament to its elegant minimalism and strong geometric forms – closer inspection revealed that the materials comprising the iconic reflecting pool and other landscape features were suffering from decades of deferred maintenance. Our presenters will tell the story of how, aiming to be a responsible steward of this most-valuable resource, The First Church of Christ, Scientist has embarked on a comprehensive restoration and repair project; the Church is committed to make this designated Boston Landmark open space more relevant to its current and future needs in today’s evolving urban context.

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