John Hancock Tower
A view of Hancock Place from the Charles River
|Location||200 Clarendon Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Roof||790 ft (240.8 m)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||I.M. Pei & Partners|
|Developer||John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company|
The John Hancock Tower, also called Hancock Place, The Hancock Tower, or The Hancock, is a 60-story, 790-foot (241 m) skyscraper in Boston. It was named for the John Hancock Insurance company. The tower was designed by Henry N. Cobb and was completed in 1976. It has been the tallest building in Boston for more than 30 years. It is also the tallest building in New England.
Its street address is 200 Clarendon Street. At first, John Hancock Insurance primarily used the building, but after 2004, some offices moved to a new building.
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History[change | change source]
In 2006, Broadway Partners bought Hancock Place for $1.3 billion. By 2009, they had defaulted on the loans they used to buy the building, and it was forclosed. On March 30, 2009, Hancock Place was sold at auction for $660 million to a consortium of "Normandy Real Estate Partners" and "Five Mile Capital Partners". In October 2010, Boston Properties bought the John Hancock Tower for $930 million.
The Hancock Tower was built by "John Hancock Insurance".
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-  Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Retrieved 2010-04-20
- "Boston.com / US under attack". The Boston Globe.
- Gross, Daniel (2009-09-05). "The Skyscraper That Ate a Billion Dollars: Boston's Hancock Tower and the coming commercial real estate crisis". Slate. Unknown parameter
- "Financing a go for Bank of America tower in New York". Daily Commercial News and Construction Record. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- "Boston Properties buys Boston tower for $930M". Business Week. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
References[change | change source]
- Oct. 15, 1973. "Those Window Pains", TIME.
- Harl P. Aldrich, James R. Lambrechts (Fall 1986). "Back Bay Boston, Part II: Groundwater Levels", Civil Engineering Practice, Volume 1, Number 2.
Related pages[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to John Hancock Tower.|
- John Hancock, for whom John Hancock Insurance was named
- Prudential Tower for an image of the Boston skyline from Cambridge in 1963, with the old 26-story Hancock building a conspicuous landmark.
Other websites[change | change source]
- John Hancock Tower in the Structurae database
- library-towers John Hancock Tower
- Architecture Week When Bad Things Happen to Good Buildings
- The Perfect Skyscraper The Perfect Skyscraper
- Special Report on the Boston Globe; "The Hancock at 30" includes 4 audio slideshows
- Globe Critic, Robert Campbell, on the problems of the John Hancock Tower
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