31 in 31 of Your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #1

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

McKim, Mead and White, 1895

If you’re still skeptical about the power of Twitter and Facebook, you’ll want to read this post. I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. How was I going to achieve what already sounds like a daunting task?

I wanted to achieve this experiment through a poll on this blog. Instead of printing flyers and asking my friends distribute them around Boston, I would advertise it using Twitter and Facebook only. The poll was open for almost 2 months and the Boston Public Library alone received over 2,000 votes, not only making the people’s favorite building in Boston, but also proving that social media is here to stay (the exact number of votes for the BPL in case you wanted to know was 2,026)! I should mention that the Boston Public Library is on twitter @BPLBoston and caught on to this project, they retweeted to their followers a “31 in 31” message I had tweeted.  The rest, as you shall see in the course of 31 days is history.

About the Boston Public Library:

One of the most architecturally significant buildings in Boston, the Boston Public Library is richly ornamented with the works of Pierre Puvis de Chavanne, Edwin Austin Abbey, John Singer Sargent and other American masters. It’s lavish interiors and its serene courtyard constantly remind us all that “Books are just the beginning” at the Boston Public Library. You’ll have to see the sumptuous interiors for yourself and you’ll be brought back to the American Renaissance. You’ll be stunned, I promised.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Todd Larson says:

    A great beginning for your 31 of your Favorite Buildings in Boston series. I’m not surprised that the Boston Public Library got the most votes: it’s one of the city’s finest amalgams of art and architecture, one of its most publicly accessible, and one of its most user-friendly. I look forward to the other 30!

  2. donwarnersaklad says:

    The beautiful building gives a false impression of an awful operational culture and the contradicting Philip Johnson design adjacent http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Johnson Navigating our BPL McKim and Johnson buildings fails for a lack of an intuitive layout and operational signage appropriate for BPLusers.

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