Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mustachioed Monuments -- Part Deux

Tis the return of the mustachioed monuments!

With mustaches being all that these days, it seems fitting to put them where everyone can see them: skyscrapers. And so I dig into the character and history of the structure in question, finding which hirsute hairstyle is most complimentary.

100 Berkeley Street is home to one of the Bean’s oldest tallest buildings (second tallest from 1947-64), the Berkeley Building, aka the Old John Hancock. Though construction was completed in 1947, it is arguably the most prominent art deco building in Boston, making it something special to its two preceding decades.

Running with its art deco styling and the spirit of the Roaring Twenties (the decade that bore and best represented the movement), my search for the perfect ‘stache began with The Great Gatsby. Unfortunately, neither Robert Redford nor Leonardo DiCaprio wears a mustache in either of their movies (1974 and upcoming in 2013, respectively). And F. Scott Fitzgerald himself didn't either, old sport.

Then inspiration struck – not unsurprisingly – in the form of George Clooney. The mustache that best fits the Berkeley Building is the one that George Clooney wore for O Brother Where Art Thou, set in the 1930s.

Til next time!

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