Eric’s post on North Main in general and the AT&T building in particular made me think of Edward C. Maher. Well, every time I see that building, I think of Maher, but I’m not sure everyone’s familiar with him, so what follows are links to familiarize those of you who aren’t acquainted with his vision.
If there’s anything you hate about the downtown, you’re likely not a fan of Edward C. Maher. If you’re grateful that Notre Dame des Canadiens was preserved from the original mall’s wrecking ball, you can thank Edward C. Maher. If you think Union Station is a multi-million dollar white elephant, you’ve got a compatriot in Edward C. Maher.
Maher died six years ago at the age of 85. (To access this link and subsequent links, click here first.) Among other things, Maher can be credited (or held responsible, depending on your point of view) for the Galleria (and its associated buildings and garages), the Pearl-Elm garage, the Centrum, Plumley Village, and, yes, the AT&T building.
This Mark Melady interview from 1994 with Maher is of especial interest, if only for his prediction that Union Station would “be a $30 million white elephant.”