Boston's Best Modern/Contemporary Architecture
Christian Science Plaza is one of Boston's Best Modern/Contemporary Architecture.

1. Christian Science Plaza

7.5
210 Massachusetts Ave (Huntington Avenue & Massachusetts Avenue), Boston, MA
Plaza · Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood · 11 tips and reviews

Anthony V.Anthony V: Project by IM Pei, the plaza is often compared to the similarly large City Hall Plaza, yet is more successful in enlivening the area despite both being modernist plazas.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts is one of Boston's Best Modern/Contemporary Architecture.

2. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

24 Quincy St (btw Harvard & Broadway), Cambridge, MA
College Quad · Mid-Cambridge · 7 tips and reviews

Anthony V.Anthony V: The Carpenter Center is LeCorbusier's only work in the United States. So influential, LeCorbusier is on the Swiss 10fr note.

MIT Stata Center (Building 32) is one of Boston's Best Modern/Contemporary Architecture.

3. MIT Stata Center (Building 32)

32 Vassar St (at Main St), Cambridge, MA
College Technology Building · MIT · 30 tips and reviews

Anthony V.Anthony V: By Frank Gehry, the building was supposed to mimic the Infinite Corridor, providing a "student street" on the ground floor.

MIT Media Lab — Wiesner Building (Building E15) is one of Boston's Best Modern/Contemporary Architecture.

4. MIT Media Lab — Wiesner Building (Building E15)

20 Ames St (at Amherst St), Cambridge, MA
College Lab · Kendall Square · 7 tips and reviews

Anthony V.Anthony V: The outer screen's opacity was specially calculated to ensure the building met Cambridge's strict 50%-closed surfaces mandate on buildings.

MIT Media Lab — Wiesner Building (Building E15) is one of Boston's Best Modern/Contemporary Architecture.

5. MIT Media Lab — Wiesner Building (Building E15)

20 Ames St (at Amherst St), Cambridge, MA
College Lab · Kendall Square · 7 tips and reviews

Anthony V.Anthony V: IM Pei's original building for the Media Lab had worked closely with Nelson, the artist of the colored bars on the building's interior facade.

Baker House is one of Boston's Best Modern/Contemporary Architecture.

6. Baker House

362 Memorial Dr (Danforth St), Cambridge, MA
College Residence Hall · MIT · 1 tip

Anthony V.Anthony V: The first of the modern buildings on campus came as then President Killian sought to "humanize" the environment on campus and invited Alvar Aalto to do a building on campus.

MIT Simmons Hall (Building W79) is one of Boston's Best Modern/Contemporary Architecture.

7. MIT Simmons Hall (Building W79)

229 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA
College Academic Building · MIT · 3 tips and reviews
Boston Public Library is one of Boston's Best Modern/Contemporary Architecture.

8. Boston Public Library

9.5
700 Boylston St (at Dartmouth St), Boston, MA
Library · Back Bay East · 161 tips and reviews

Anthony V.Anthony V: The exquisite original McKim, Mead and White building received a modernist, referential extension by Phillip Johnson, architect of the famed Glass House and chippendale Sony Center in NYC.

Institute of Contemporary Art is one of Boston's Best Modern/Contemporary Architecture.

9. Institute of Contemporary Art

8.6
100 Northern Ave (at Seaport Blvd.), Boston, MA
Art Museum · Seaport District · 116 tips and reviews

Anthony V.Anthony V: The ICA proved that Boston could be a home to both contemporary art and contemporary architecture. It was the first major building for Diller, Scofidio + Renfro of NYC.

Boston City Hall is one of Boston's Best Modern/Contemporary Architecture.

10. Boston City Hall

1 City Hall Sq. (at Congress St.), Boston, MA
City Hall · Downtown Boston · 26 tips and reviews

Anthony V.Anthony V: The much maligned plaza is fanned shaped, as a reference to the famed palazzo in Siena, Italy (home to the Palio).

Harvard Science Center is one of Boston's Best Modern/Contemporary Architecture.

11. Harvard Science Center

1 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA
College Science Building · Aggasiz - Harvard University · 30 tips and reviews

Anthony V.Anthony V: One of many buildings by Luis Sert during his time at Harvard. Others include the Holyoke Center.

Macallan Building is one of Boston's Best Modern/Contemporary Architecture.

12. Macallan Building

141 Dorchester Ave (at W Broadway), Boston, MA
Building · Columbus Park - Andrew Square · 2 tips and reviews

Anthony V.Anthony V: The exciting residence building by Office dA (now Nadaa) of Boston. Office dA are National Design Award recipients and the former partners are the leaders of UMichigan's and MIT's programs in arch.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum is one of Boston's Best Modern/Contemporary Architecture.

13. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

9.1
Columbia Point (1 John F Kennedy Road), Boston, MA
History Museum · Dorchester · 52 tips and reviews

Anthony V.Anthony V: A clean, geometric building by IM Pei.

MIT Chapel (Building W15) is one of Boston's Best Modern/Contemporary Architecture.

14. MIT Chapel (Building W15)

50 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Spiritual Center · MIT · 7 tips and reviews

Anthony V.Anthony V: A small but beautiful work by Eero Saarinen, famous for the TWA Flight Center (Terminal 5) at JFK Airport and the St. Louis Arch.