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Encyclopedia > Berkeley Building
Berkeley Building
Information
Location 200 Berkeley Street, Boston, Massachusetts
Status Complete
Constructed 1947
Use Office
Height
Roof 495 ft (151 m)
Technical details
Floor count 26
Companies
Architect Cram & Ferguson
Developer Cram & Ferguson

The Berkeley Building (also known as the Old John Hancock Building) is a 26-story, 495-foot (151 m) structure located at 200 Berkeley Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is the second of the three John Hancock buildings built in Boston; it was succeeded by the John Hancock Tower. The building is well-known for the weather beacon at its summit, which broadcasts different light patterns as weather forecasts. The Berkeley Building is currently the 18-tallest building in the city. Download high resolution version (1024x1098, 120 KB)The 1947 John Hancock Tower, 200 Berkeley, Boston. ... Boston redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Ralph Adams Cram, circa 1890 Ralph Adams Cram, (December 16, 1863 - September 22, 1942), was an American architect of collegiate and ecclesiastical buildings, often in the gothic style. ... Ralph Adams Cram, circa 1890 Ralph Adams Cram, (December 16, 1863 - September 22, 1942), was an American architect of collegiate and ecclesiastical buildings, often in the gothic style. ... Boston redirects here. ... John Hancock Tower, 200 Clarendon St. ... A weather beacon is a tower which indicates the weather forecast, usually with colored or flashing lights. ... List of buildings List of masts List of tallest buildings in the world List of tallest buildings and structures in the world List of tallest buildings and structures in the world by country List of tallest buildings in Chicago List of tallest buildings in New York City List of tallest...

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History

The building, located in Boston's Back Bay, was designed by Cram and Ferguson and completed in 1947. From 1947 until 1964 it was the second-tallest building in the city, one foot (30 cm) shorter than the 496-foot (151 m) Custom House Tower, but a much larger building and a very conspicuous landmark. The Prudential Tower, completed in 1964, dwarfed both. As of 2004 a dozen buildings are taller, yet it remains a handsome and easily recognized Boston landmark, familiar to commuters crossing the Charles River. A drawing of this building served as a logo for the John Hancock Insurance company for many years. Back Bay is the name of several places and neighborhoods in the world, including: Back Bay, Boston Back Bay, New Brunswick This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Ralph Adams Cram, circa 1890 Ralph Adams Cram, (December 16, 1863 - September 22, 1942), was an American architect of collegiate and ecclesiastical buildings, often in the gothic style. ... Boston skyscrapers, L-R: 60 State Street, Custom House Tower, and Exchange Place The Custom House Tower is a turn of the century skyscraper in the Financial District neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Prudential Tower in 2006. ... The Charles River from the Boston side, facing Cambridge and the main campus of Harvard University. ... John Hancock Insurance is a loose term for a major United States insurance company which existed, in various forms, from its founding on April 21, 1862 until its acquisition in 2004 by the Canadian Manulife Financial Corporation. ...


In March 2003, the John Hancock Insurance company sold the Berkeley Building, along with the Stephen L. Brown building and the John Hancock Tower, to Beacon Capital. In December 2006, the Berkeley and Brown buildings were reacquired by John Hancock. John Hancock Tower, 200 Clarendon St. ...


As of 2004 the John Hancock company refers to it as "The Berkeley Building," but in common parlance it is "the Old John Hancock Building." 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


It is also the home of the Back Bay Events Center: this two-part structure is the John Hancock Hall proper and the Dorothy Quincy Suite (a single room, capacity of approximately 900.) The Hall also contains a full box office and a 1100 seat auditorium. This is the annual site of the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild One-Act Festival's State Finals. The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ... An auditorium is the area within a theatre, concert hall or other performance space where the audience is located in order to hear and watch the performance. ... The Massachusetts High School Drama Guild is usually known as MHSDG. According to their website, the MHSDG exists for the charitable and educational purpose of promoting and strengthening excellence, access, and education in the theatrical arts for middle and secondary school students and teachers. ...


Weather beacon

It is topped by a weather beacon with red and blue lights, which use a code to present the local weather forecast, using a popular rhyme as a mnemonic: A weather beacon is a tower which indicates the weather forecast, usually with colored or flashing lights. ... For other uses, see Mnemonic (disambiguation). ...

Steady blue, clear view.
Flashing blue, clouds due.
Steady red, rain ahead.
Flashing red, snow instead.

During baseball season, flashing red means the Boston Red Sox game has been called off on account of weather. This article is about the sport. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds...


The beacon was first lit on March 15th 1950 and was controlled using forecasts from a meteorological agency located on the 26th floor. It was kept lit until 1973 when it was shut off to set an example during an energy crisis which also temporarily shut off the famed Kenmore Square Citgo sign. The beacon was re-lit in 1983 and has continued to display the weather forecast ever since. Meteorology is the scientific study of the atmosphere that focuses on weather processes and forecasting. ... View of the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square Kenmore Square is a square in Boston, Massachusetts near Fenway Park, consisting of the intersection of several main avenues, (including Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue) as well as several other cross streets, and Kenmore Station, a T stop. ... Citgo Petroleum Corporation or Citgo, a subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela S.A., the Venezuelan state-owned petroleum company, is a United States-incorporated firm refiner and marketer of gasoline, lubricants, petrochemicals and other petroleum products. ...


In October of 2004, the beacon flashed red and blue to commemorate the Boston Red Sox World Series victory. This was the first time the color scheme changed since the beacon was lit in 1950. A new line was added to the poem accordingly: Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ...

Flashing Blue and Red, when The Curse of the Bambino is dead!

The beacon again flashed red and blue when the Red Sox won the 2007 World Series. Babe Ruth -- The Bambino The Curse of the Bambino was a superstition cited, often jokingly, as a reason for the failure of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to win the World Series after they sold Babe Ruth, sometimes called The Bambino, to the New York Yankees. ... Dates: October 24 – October 28, 2007 MVP: Mike Lowell Television: FOX (U.S.), RSN (Canada), NASN (Europe), ESPN Latin America Announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires: Ed Montague, Laz Díaz, Ted Barrett, Chuck Meriwether, Mike Everitt, Mike Reilly[1] ALCS: Boston Red Sox def. ...

Though dwarfed by other buildings, the "old John Hancock" remains a conspicuous and recognizable element of the Boston skyline

Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 233 pixelsFull resolution (1208 × 352 pixel, file size: 222 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Boston skyline as seen from Worlds End in Hingham. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 233 pixelsFull resolution (1208 × 352 pixel, file size: 222 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Boston skyline as seen from Worlds End in Hingham. ...

See also

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