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Cinderella's Arsenal: 1904

Cinderella's Arsenal: 1904

Circa 1904. "Cadet armory, Boston, Mass." Architect William Gibbons Preston's late-Victorian castle at Arlington Street and Columbus Avenue. View full size.

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Pineapple Eyebrows

I tried to like this building, and no doubt the masonry work is second to none, but it reminds me of the namesake card on an OLD MAID deck we used to have when I was growing up.

Fun venue

I worked a trade show there in 2010. It's an interesting structure inside, too, though I recall it not being well air-conditioned in July.


Courtesy of Google Street View:

A Lost Art

Beautiful stonemasonry, such as this, is a lost art these days of prefabricated buildings and immediacy. My grandfather was a master bricklayer and sometimes did work with stones such as these on numerous buildings around the Birmingham, England area.

Hair Up

It's Rapunzel's arsenal.

Make Mine Rare

Now known as the Castle at Park Plaza, it now functions as a conference venue and steakhouse.

I Am Almost Certainly Wrong

Yet, isn't that Rapunzel, in the second window from the left, at the top of the tower?

Still standing

Hard to believe (given how much has been destroyed) that this vintage part of Boston still exists.


And it's still there. Looks like it currently houses a Smith and Wollensky steak eatery. Can't see that the outside has changed much except for the entry ramps for ADA compliance.

"An Ideal Fuel"

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