Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Campanile - Springfield, Mass.

This is the Campanile in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. This neoclassical clock tower stands between the Greek Revival Symphony Hall (formerly Springfield Auditorium - where the Trapp Family performed, see this previous post) and City Hall. The 275-foot tall structure, built from 1911-1913, was the tallest building in Springfield until 1973, when it was surpassed by a modern glass and steel office building, followed by others in the next decade.

Interesting how in the early years of the last century architecture reflected on a classic past even in that era of a self-professed progressive future. Our modern architecture seems less inspiring today, at least the examples of it that seem to deny we even have a past.

2 comments:

Tony said...

Good post. Back in the day European architecture was more esthetically pleasing to a primarily European population. Springfield and the whole valley is much more diverse now, ethnically and politically, and architectual preferences more muddied. So we have faceless buildings that don't offend nor favor anyone. Everyone loses.

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

An excellent point you make, Tony, about what was esthetically pleasing to a predominantly European population at the time, and a more culturally, and politically, diverse population now. I was prepared to regard the phenomenon as purely a matter of Modern Art-inspired economics, but you've given me a lot more to think about.