The only reason City Hall is the most hated building in Boston is because most people somehow manage to completely ignore the Government Service Center on Cambridge Street between Staniford and New Chardon.
But the building, which houses various government offices, such as the Lindemann Mental Health Center, would have been harder to ignore under architect Paul Rudolph's original plans, which called for a 23-story tower - all intended to be part of what we now call Government Center, rising from the remains of old Scollay Square.
Ironically, Rudolph incorporated design elements as an answer to the vast, unforgiving sea of brick that was City Hall Plaza - undulating steps and benches that were supposed to draw people in:
Rudolph began designing the center in the early 1960s. The tower was canceled in the 1970s - after the building meant to surround it was finished.
Library of Congress collection of photos and drawing of Rudolph's Boston work (from which the above photos were taken).
The dream behind Boston’s forbidding Government Service Center.