John Hancock Tower
|875 North Michigan Avenue|
875 North Michigan Avenue
|Architectural style||Structural Expressionism|
|Location||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Address||875 North Michigan Avenue (additional entrances at 175 East Delaware Place and 170 East Chestnut Street)|
|Owner||The Hearn Company|
|Architectural||1,128 ft (343.7 m)|
|Tip||1,500 ft (457 m)|
|Roof||1,127 ft (344 m)|
|Top floor||1,054 ft (321 m)|
|Observatory||1,030 ft (314 m)|
|Floor area||2,799,973 sq ft (260,126 m2)|
|Lifts/elevators||50, made by Otis Elevator Company|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Fazlur Rahman Khan|
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
|Developer||John Hancock Insurance|
|Structural engineer||Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)|
|Main contractor||Tishman Construction Co.|
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.
Architecture[change | change source]
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".
Notes[change | change source]
- "John Hancock Center - The Skyscraper Center". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Archived from the original on 2012-12-13.
- John Hancock Center at SkyscraperPage
- John Hancock Center at Emporis
- "John Hancock - Ownership". Archived from the original on 2016-03-26.
-  Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Retrieved 2010-04-20
- "Boston.com / US under attack". The Boston Globe.
- Gross, Daniel; Stuart Johnson (2009-09-05). "The Skyscraper That Ate a Billion Dollars: Boston's Hancock Tower and the coming commercial real estate crisis". Slate.
- "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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