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Prudential Tower
The Prudential Tower behind 111 Huntington Ave as it is seen from the South End
Information
Location 800 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Status Complete
Constructed 1960 - 1964
Use Office, Observation, Restaurant
Height
Antenna/Spire 907 ft (276.4 m)
Roof 749 ft (228.4 m)
Technical details
Floor count 52
Companies
Architect The Luckman Partnership
Developer Boston Properties
Prudential Tower in 2006.
Prudential Tower in 1963, with construction not quite finished. "Old" John Hancock building at left.

The Prudential Tower, also known as the Prudential Building or, colloquially, as The Pru,[1][2], part of the Prudential Center complex, is Boston's second-tallest skyscraper (after the John Hancock Tower). Floor space within the tower stands at 1.2 million square feet. It was designed by Charles Luckman and Associates for Prudential Insurance. Completed in 1964, the building is 759 ft (229 m) tall and has 52 floors. Including its antenna, the tower is the tallest building in Boston and the 27th tallest in the United States at 907 feet (276 m). It dwarfed the 1947 John Hancock building, seen at the left in the photo, spurring the rival insurance company to build the 1975 John Hancock Tower which is just slightly taller at 788 ft (240 m). A 50th floor observation deck, called the "Prudential Skywalk", is currently the highest observation deck in New England that is open to the public (the John Hancock Tower's observation deck having been closed since 2001). Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 3072 pixel, file size: 514 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) 111 Huntington Ave is seen unobstructed from above the South End. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 3072 pixel, file size: 514 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) 111 Huntington Ave is seen unobstructed from above the South End. ... 111 Huntington Ave is seen unobstructed from the South End in Boston. ... Boylston Street is the name of a major east-west thoroughfare in the city of Boston, Massachusetts and its western suburbs. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated (city) 1822 Government  - Governor Deval Patrick (D) Area  - City  89. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Charles Luckman (1909 Kansas City–January 26, 1999 Los Angeles) was a businessman and an American architect, famous as the Boy Wonder of American Business when he was named president of the Pepsodent toothpaste company in 1939 at the age of thirty. ... A well respected, self managed real estate investment trust (REIT) based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2304x3072, 2135 KB) The Prudential Tower, known locally as The Pru, in Boston, MA. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2304x3072, 2135 KB) The Prudential Tower, known locally as The Pru, in Boston, MA. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Prudential tower, Boston, 1963 (construction in progress) View from Cambridge side of the Charles River. ... Prudential tower, Boston, 1963 (construction in progress) View from Cambridge side of the Charles River. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... 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... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... John Hancock Tower, 200 Clarendon St. ... Charles Luckman (1909 Kansas City–January 26, 1999 Los Angeles) was a businessman and an American architect, famous as the Boy Wonder of American Business when he was named president of the Pepsodent toothpaste company in 1939 at the age of thirty. ... This article refers to Prudential Financial, based in the United States. ... 20 tallest buildings in the United States U.S. Bank Tower Columbia Center Chicago, IL: Sears Tower AT&T Corp. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ...


The Pru was the tallest building in the world outside New York on completion. When it was built, the New York Times called it "the showcase of the New Boston [representing] the agony and the ecstasy of a city striving to rise above the sordidness of its recent past".[3] But Ada Louise Huxtable called it "a flashy 52-story glass and aluminum tower... part of an over-scaled megalomaniac group shockingly unrelated to the city's size, standards, or style. It is a slick developer's model dropped into an urban renewal slot in Anycity, U.S.A.—a textbook example of urban character assassination."[4] Two decades later, architecture writer Donlyn Lyndon called it "an energetically ugly, square shaft that offends the Boston skyline more than any other structure."[citation needed] In 1990, a Globe architecture critic commented Ada Louise Rene (Landman) Huxtable (b. ...

The Prudential Center has been the symbol of bad design in Boston for so long that we'd probably miss it if it disappeared. Occasionally, this critic has awarded prizes for the worst Boston buildings of the year; inevitably, those prizes were called the Pru Awards.[5]

Today, the Pru is no longer even among the fifty tallest buildings in the USA when measuring to architectural height. Within Boston, in addition to the nearby John Hancock tower, many other tall buildings have since been built in the Boston's financial district, including the 614 ft (187 m) Federal Reserve Bank. The Pru and John Hancock towers still dominate the Back Bay skyline, but other tall buildings have started arising there as well since the late 1990s, perhaps most notably 111 Huntington Avenue, which is also part of the Prudential Center. 1. ... The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is responsible for the First District of the Federal Reserve, which covers Connecticut (excluding Fairfield County), Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. ... View of 111 Huntington Avenue from the Prudential Tower observatory. ...


The Prudential Center is currently owned by Boston Properties. The building is one of several Prudential Centers built around the United States (such as the tower in Chicago) constructed as capital investments by Prudential Financial (formerly, The Prudential Insurance Company of America). Preceding Prudential Financial's demutualization, Prudential sold off many of its real estate assets, for instance most of the air rights in Times Square, and the Prudential Center in Boston, to put cash on the corporate balance sheets. Many of the upper floors are home to The Gillette Company, now a unit of Procter & Gamble. The building was sold to Boston Properties. However, Prudential Financial's then head of global marketing, and Boston native, Michael Hines, suggested that the real estate deal only go through with the condition that Prudential retain the name and signage rights for the Prudential Center and Prudential Tower. Signage rights in Boston are very limited, and Prudential's are grandfathered. The other notable backlit signs allowed above 100 feet include the State Street Bank sign, Sheraton sign, and Citgo Sign. Using similar negotiations, Prudential retains two notable signs in Times Square. A well respected, self managed real estate investment trust (REIT) based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Two Prudential Plaza is a skyscraper built in Chicago in 1990. ... The term demutualization (or demutualisation) describes the process by which mutual organizations or companies (mutuals) convert themselves to for-profit (or profit-making) public companies which distribute profits to their shareholders in the form of dividends. ... Times Square Broadway at 42nd St. ... The Gillette brand logo The Gillette Company (NYSE: G) was founded by King C. Gillette in 1901 as a safety razor manufacturer. ... Procter & Gamble Co. ... This article refers to Prudential Financial, based in the United States. ... A grandfather clause is an exception that allows an old rule to continue to apply to some existing situations, when a new rule will apply to all future situations. ... sheraton is a late 18th century neoclassical English furniture style, in vogue ca 1785 - 1800, that was named afterwards (by 19th century collectors and dealers) to credit furniture designer Thomas Sheraton, whose books of engraved designs capture this style. ... View of the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square Kenmore Square is a square in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, consisting of the intersection of several main avenues, (including Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue) as well as several other cross streets, and Kenmore Station, an MBTA subway stop. ... Times Square Broadway at 42nd St. ...

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Prudential Center

The Prudential Center, situated on 23 acres, is in the Back Bay neighborhood at 800 Boylston Street and houses a successful 495,229 square foot shopping mall, the Shops at Prudential Center, in the base. Known to locals as "the Pru," it is bordered by Belvedere, Dalton, Boylston, and Exeter streets, along with Huntington Avenue. This article is about the neighborhood of Back Bay. ... McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, Swindon, England, a shopping mall built within a disused railway engine works. ... The Shops at Prudential Center is an urban shopping mall located at the base of the Prudential Tower in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Huntington Avenue is a road in the city of Boston, Massachusetts beginning at Copley Square, and continuing west through the Back Bay and Mission Hill neighborhoods. ...

Prudential Center courtyard, July 2006

Before the Prudential development, the site was a switch yard for the Boston and Albany Railroad. By 1965, a part of the negotiations for the Massachusetts Turnpike extension included the construction of the roadway below parts of the Prudential complex. The Prudential still has its own exit from the turnpike for this reason. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled Boston and Albany Railroad and Framingham/Worcester Line. ... View of the Turnpike from an overpass by Boston University, facing east (towards central Boston). ...


The new skyscraper at 111 Huntington Avenue was completed in 2002 and is directly across the street from the well-known The Colonnade Hotel located at 120 Huntington Avenue. View of 111 Huntington Avenue from the Prudential Tower observatory. ...


The third tower of the Prudential Center is 101 Huntington Avenue; at a mere 25 stories, it is dwarfed by the other two.


The Hynes Convention Center is also connected to the complex, which combined was considered the first mixed-use development in New England. By the fall of 2007 another major development will be completed along Boylston Street at the Prudential Center complex: the Mandarin Oriental Boston Hotel, now under construction.[1] [2] The John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center located in Bostons Back Bay has 193,000 square feet of exhibit space and can accommodate up to four concurrent events. ...


The complex also includes two MBTA stops, Prudential and Hynes Convention Center/ICA. Prudential is on the Huntington Avenue side of the building directly outside the The Colonnade Hotel and is the first station on the Green Line "E" Branch after the split from the main line at Copley Square. Hynes Convention Center is a stop on the main Green Line across Boylston Street at the intersection of Newbury Street and Massachusetts Avenue, a short walk from Hynes Convention Center or the Prudential Center. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a quasi-governmental organization formed in 1964 that controls the subway, bus, commuter rail, and ferry systems in the Boston, Massachusetts area. ... Prudential is an underground subway stop in Boston, Massachusetts on the E branch of the MBTA Green Line. ... Platform and train at Hynes Convention Center/ICA Station, March 2005 Hynes Convention Center/ICA Station is a stop on the MBTAs Green Line, located at the intersection of Newbury Street and Massachusetts Avenue. ... The E Branch or Arborway Branch is a streetcar line in the Boston, Massachusetts area, operating as a branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line. ... H. H. Richardsons Trinity Church, Boston with the old John Hancock Tower in Copley Square In the greater Boston area, the word square is often used to refer merely to an intersection of two streets that has been named in somebodys honor and labelled by a sign announcing... Platform and train at Hynes Convention Center Station, March 2005 Hynes Convention Center Station is a stop on the MBTAs Green Line, located at the intersection of Newbury Street and Massachusetts Avenue. ... Two trains at Park Street. ... Boylston Street is the name of a major east-west thoroughfare in the city of Boston, Massachusetts and its western suburbs. ... Newbury Street is located in the Back Bay area of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Massachusetts Avenue is the name shared by prominent streets located in Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Washington, D.C., USA; and Lawrence, Kansas, USA. Each Massachusetts Avenue is commonly called Mass. ... The John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center located in Bostons Back Bay has 193,000 square feet of exhibit space and can accommodate up to four concurrent events. ...


The Boston Duck Tours also begin one of their city tours from the mall at the Prudential Center.


References

  1. ^ e.g. Burge, Kathleen (2006), "Made You Look! Yeah, There's the Top of the Pru, But There Are Other Amazing Views—If You Know Where to Find Them. The Boston Globe, July 16, 2006, p. C1
  2. ^ Feeney, Mark (1998), "The Homely Landmark's a Skyscraper We Can't Stop Looking Down On, But in '65, It Gave The City a Big Boost" The Boston Globe,, February 3, 1998, page C1: "'The Pru' everyone calls it: a resigned shrug of a name, as flat and uninflected as the wan moue its pronunciation requires."
  3. ^ Fenton, John H. (1965) "Center in Boston To Be Dedicated," The New York Times, April 18, 1965, p. R1
  4. ^ Huxtable, Ada Louise (1964): "Renewal in Boston: Good and Bad," The New York Times, April 19, 1964, p. X24
  5. ^ Campbell, Robert (1990), "Rebuilding the Pru Disaster," The Boston Globe, January 28, 1990, p. B33

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See also

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External links

  • PrudentialCenter.com
  • Boston Properties - The Prudential (Tower)
  • Boston Properties - The Prudential Center

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