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Boston architecture designed by black architects, mapped

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Private developers in the Boston did not hire black architects for several decades, so much of the architecture in the city today designed by black people is generally of the institutional or infrastructural kind, especially that tied to the state or federal government.

Here is a map of such notable Boston structures (which we plan to update—so reach out re: suggested additions).

The Boston-based firm of Stull and Lee designed the majority. Donald Stull started what became Stull and Lee in 1966, with M. David Lee joining in 1990. It is the most prominent African-American-owned architecture and urban-planning firm in Boston

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1. Central Artery Tunnel Ventilation Building 7

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Central Artery Tunnel Ventilation Building 6
Boston, MA 02210

Stull and Lee was responsible for the initial design of this ventilation complex for the Ted Williams Tunnel (it’s right outside of it on the South Boston end).

Deborah Fennick while at TAMS Architecture executed the final design.

The building has 14 fans for dealing with exhaust and 10 for fresh air.

Photo via Fennick McCredie

2. John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute

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40 Leon St
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 373-3143
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Stull and Lee worked with William Rawn Associates in designing this 30,000-square-foot institute within a larger mixed-use complex.

It features a two-story colonnade that African architectural precedents inspired.

3. Ruggles Station

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The Ruggles Station is one of the busier mass transit stops in the region, with three commuter-rail routes running through and the Orange Line stopping, too.

Several bus lines connect as well through the station, which Stull and Lee designed.

The station, with its barrel vault, also serves as a kind of front door for Northeastern University.

4. Renaissance Parking Garage

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835 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02120
(617) 267-9677

The 10-floor, 950-spot garage at Northeastern is part of a so-called gateway for that university’s southern reaches. Stull and Lee designed it.

5. Boston Police Headquarters

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1 Schroeder Plaza
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
(617) 343-4500
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Stull and Lee designed the 180,000-square-foot main hub of the Boston Police Department.

It includes the department’s communications apparatus as well as a 24-hour cafeteria.

6. Roxbury Community College

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1234 Columbus Ave
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
(617) 427-0060
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The firm of Stull and Lee designed this community college building for 1,500 students.

7. Egleston Center

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3195 Washington St
Boston, MA 02130

Stull and Lee designed this complex, which includes a branch bank and a McDonalds Express.

The firm placed parking behind the building to emphasize the pedestrian scale of Egleston Square.

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1. Central Artery Tunnel Ventilation Building 7

Central Artery Tunnel Ventilation Building 6, Boston, MA 02210
Photo via Fennick McCredie

Stull and Lee was responsible for the initial design of this ventilation complex for the Ted Williams Tunnel (it’s right outside of it on the South Boston end).

Deborah Fennick while at TAMS Architecture executed the final design.

The building has 14 fans for dealing with exhaust and 10 for fresh air.

Central Artery Tunnel Ventilation Building 6
Boston, MA 02210

2. John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute

40 Leon St, Boston, MA 02115

Stull and Lee worked with William Rawn Associates in designing this 30,000-square-foot institute within a larger mixed-use complex.

It features a two-story colonnade that African architectural precedents inspired.

40 Leon St
Boston, MA 02115

3. Ruggles Station

Boston, MA 02115

The Ruggles Station is one of the busier mass transit stops in the region, with three commuter-rail routes running through and the Orange Line stopping, too.

Several bus lines connect as well through the station, which Stull and Lee designed.

The station, with its barrel vault, also serves as a kind of front door for Northeastern University.

4. Renaissance Parking Garage

835 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02120

The 10-floor, 950-spot garage at Northeastern is part of a so-called gateway for that university’s southern reaches. Stull and Lee designed it.

835 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02120

5. Boston Police Headquarters

1 Schroeder Plaza, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

Stull and Lee designed the 180,000-square-foot main hub of the Boston Police Department.

It includes the department’s communications apparatus as well as a 24-hour cafeteria.

1 Schroeder Plaza
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

6. Roxbury Community College

1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

The firm of Stull and Lee designed this community college building for 1,500 students.

1234 Columbus Ave
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

7. Egleston Center

3195 Washington St, Boston, MA 02130

Stull and Lee designed this complex, which includes a branch bank and a McDonalds Express.

The firm placed parking behind the building to emphasize the pedestrian scale of Egleston Square.

3195 Washington St
Boston, MA 02130