State Street Block

State Street Block

Gridley J. Fox Bryant, 1858

McKinley Square is dominated by the enormous dark granite mass of the mid-nineteenth-century State Street Block, which originally was much longer, stretching down to the waterfront. The rock-faced rustication of the upper floors is ornamented by the contrasting smooth granite stringcourses between floors and by segmental arches with keystones over the windows. The central pavilion displaying the carved name of the building has a massive broken segmental pediment in front of the two-story mansard roof. A granite globe is centered in the window framed by the pediment. Assorted additions have been made above the cornice, including the mansard.