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Commentary on the Mandarin Oriental

10/28/2008 05:05:00 AM
I walked past the Mandarin Oriental again this past weekend. The restaurants & bar were pretty packed albeit with an older crowd. As I walked passed it, I struggled to remember just what used to sit there in it's stead. The old Star Market was there and then aside from that, I can't really remember what else was there.

In my opinion it does seem to make Boylston seem a little bit crowded and claustrophobic. But it's a pretty nice looking building. Definitely a plus from what the area used to look like. Robert Campbell of the Globe has much more to say:

The Mandarin is a vast new brick-and-limestone complex of retail shops and restaurants, hotel rooms, luxury condos, and rental apartments that now stretches along much of the old Pru site between Exeter and Gloucester streets. As a chunk of urbanism, the Mandarin is a winner. The architecture is less successful, but we'll get to that later.

Things will get better. When all the Mandarin's stores are rented they'll display, I'm told, a largely unregulated variety of signage (just as does the north side of the street). The hope is that the signs will be emblems of individual initiatives springing up against the corporate reality of the building as a whole. And when the sidewalk trees recover and grow - today, they appear to be sick - they will help too.

Click (here) to read the rest of the editorial.

Click (here) to see some of the images that I snapped of the Mandarin Oriental.

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