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John Hancock Tower, Boston

Categories: Observation Decks, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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3.8/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
200 Clarendon, and colloquially known as The Hancock, is a 60-story, 790ft skyscraper in Boston. The tower was designed by Henry N. Cobb of the firm I. M. Pei & Partners and was completed in 1976. In 1977, the American Institute of Architects presented the firm with a National Honor Award for the building, and in 2011 conferred on it the Twenty-five Year Award. It has been the tallest building in Boston for more than 30 years, and is also the tallest building in New England.The street address is 200 Clarendon Street, but occupants use both "Hancock Place" and "200 Clarendon Street" as mailing addresses for offices in the building. John Hancock Insurance was the main tenant of the building when it opened, but the company announced in 2004 that some offices would relocate to a new building at 601 Congress Street, in Fort Point, Boston.ArchitectureTall, narrow glass structures were a goal of modernist architecture since Mies Van Der Rohe proposed a glass skyscraper for Berlin. Such buildings as Gordon Bunshaft's Lever House, Mies' Seagram Building in New York City, and Frank Lloyd Wright's Johnson Wax Headquarters attempted this goal, but many of these designs retained structural artifacts that prevented a consistent, monolithic look.
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  • What makes the Hancock Tower so impressive is it's location. It's across the street from Copley Square and has an amazing reflection of Trinity Church in it's facade. If you're lucky enough to be ther...  read more »
  • Stunning view on the city. WE took the package skydeck plus a drink and that is just perfect. Really liked to chill out on the top floor looking at the skyline and the lake. Even better when it is rea...  read more »
  • one of the few high rise towers in Boston. The interesting thing about high rise in Boston is most of the high rise are build by insurance companies. The other one is Prudential. Also get wonderful su...  read more »
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