Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Granite Trust Building

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In the year of the stock market crash (1929) this 10-story granite and limestone tower was built in Quincy Center for $400,000. It was built in a modernistic style that evoked a feeling of progress and prosperity in the bank's affairs. I like the simplicity of its vertical lines and the fact that all roads and pedestrian walkways in the Center lead you to this imposing art deco structure. The architectural firm responsible for the design was the well-known J. Williams Beal Sons of Boston with the contractor being L. P. Soule & Son Co. Beal Sons had previously designed the Adams Building, the Bethany Church and other superb buildings designed in various styles. The Bank of Boston is the present banking tenant and there are many unoccupied floors for lease . . . looking for space anyone?


Cowbark said...

I love this building! Whenever I'm inside the bank branch I kind of look around with this feeling like "now THIS is what a bank branch should look like!"

Cowbark said...

PS. Bank of Boston? You're a few mergers behind! That's okay - I referred to a "Bay Bank" branch the other day - oops! :)

George Townboy said...

Beautiful building, great post.

lol @ Cowbark

marley said...

Imposing building. Thanks for showing the whole place.

Corey Templeton said...

What a beautiful building, I would love a few of these in Portland. Nice to see it's still in use too.

Winter or Spring?

March has proven to be a fickle month so far.  This pre-school play area illustrates it well.