But look at the view now...
....a scrappy construction site on the grounds of what looks like a former school, built low enough to preserve at least part of the sky view, but not a very inspiring architectural view to ogle out the window at each morning—far from ideal. And who knows what "view" the new development will leave future 'Ideal View' occupants with, just as the original developers of the Charlesview couldn't predict when they first built it in 1900, before Kenmore Square was fully developed, when...
|View from the Charlesview.|
|Charlesview (1900, Funk & Wilcox)|
|Charlesview Condominium (1923, Edward B. Stratton)|
|Charlesgate Hotel (1891, J. Pickering Putnam)|
|Hyatt Regency Cambridge (1976, Graham Gund)|
Photo by Fletcher6, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
...but I once lived here, in an Allston condo that truly gave me what its street-honorific, Bellvista Road, told me it would. Meaning "Beautiful View" in Italian, the road lifts the building up a hill, assuring its rear penthouse units' occupants of a bellvista when they step out onto their rear balconies and gaze at the Allston-Cambridge skies...
|Genzyme Corporation Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant |
(1994, ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge), Allston Landing, Mass.
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