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    Boston - Day 3

    Chili Davis Dec 30 '06 0

    This morning began with a tour of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Redsox. Fenway is the oldest ballpark in America, and is currently undergoing some major renovation work. The tour wouldn't have been the same if we wouldn't have had the best damn tourguide in all of Boston. This guy could have been as old as the Redsox organization itself, and his tales took you back to a time when baseball truly was America's game. The park itself was rather underwhelming, but I guess it's the history that makes this place so amazing...



    After Fenway. we took the green line to the red line to the silver line and spent the afternoon at the new Institute of Conteporary Arts, another truly amazing place. In the pictures I have seen, the building looks cold and industrial. The first thing I noticed upon arrival was the expansive wood decking around the building, and continued on the underside of the buildings cantileiver. The view out over the harbor is fantastic from both the Founders' Gallery and the Poss Family Mediatheque. The gallery is deceivingly large. I thought we had seen it all on more than one occasion, when another installation was dicovered. It was a little crowded, as we went on a Saturday, but the ICA is definately a can't miss...















    After the ICA, it was only a short walk over the express way to the Boston Convention Center. Though it was closed, we were still able to enter the lobby and look through some glass doors into the dark convention space. The expansive volume can be described simply as huge. The only thing I can compare it to is an aircraft assembly plant. I can just imagine what this space must be like during an event...





    After a shory pit stop at James Hook & Co., it was time for our keynote presntation, and tonight we welcomed Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, co-founder of Leers Weinzapfel, the 2007 AIA Firm of the Year Award Recipient, based right here in Boston.

     

     
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