Children's Hospital Medical Center

Children's Hospital Medical Center

The Architects Collaborative, 1968

Harleston Parker Medal, 1972

TAC’s 1960’s master plan to double the size of Children’s Hospital reflects a holistic view of pediatric medicine, considering the needs of patients, families, clinicians, caregivers, and researchers, and developing innovative solutions to serve them all. Alongside state-of-the-art medical and research facilities, the “Children’s Inn” was an 84-unit motel for families – not unlike the Ronald McDonald houses we see today. An apartment tower added on-site, affordable housing for hospital staff, a dormitory for interns and residents, and the services to support them.

The mixed-use complex demonstrated high modern concrete style at its most refined. Though all of the buildings were of concrete (with a bit of brick), differences in massing, surface finishes, window openings, and other details presented a lively, diverse whole. AIA reviewers observed: “while each building varies in detail reflecting its function, an overall scale, character and texture continues throughout the entire center.”

Boston Children's is among the largest and best pediatric medical centers in the U.S., and the challenges of growth are unceasing. Successive generations of master plans and additions have overwhelmed TAC’s design to such a degree that only fragments remain visible today.

Source: "Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston," Pasnik, Kubo & Grimley, 2015.