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John Hancock Tower

4.5/5
77 Reviews
Boston Top 14 in Can't Miss Attractions
Modern Architecture
Liked by 1
Open Open from 8:00am-7:00pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 10-20 minutes
Address: John Hancock Tower, 120 St James Ave, Boston, MA 02116, USA
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Phone: +1-617-2750100

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The surrounding buildings are as high as a guardrail enclosing Capri Square, a square named after the painter Capri, which contains the essence of Boston's architecture at every stage. Among them, the Trinity Church on the east side is the most dazzling, with its rose-colored cinnabar exterior walls and orange-colored roman roofs, each carving and each column carefully designed. The whole exterior wall of Hancock Tower next door is made of blue glass, like a mirror of the skylight, which will be built on the body of a beautiful church with a 300-year-old history. The modern architecture is neat, the pen lines, all colors; the beautiful curves of the ancient church projection, the colors are varied. The combination of the two, like the city of the mirage, give people unlimited imagination and dreamlike. To the architectural master Pei Yiming work salute!

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Introduction

John Hancock Tower is a 60-story, 790-foot (240 m) skyscraper in Boston. It is located on 200 Clarendon Street and is considered as the tallest structure of the 1970s. The tower was designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners for John Hancock Insurance Company and completed in 1976. When it was designed, the structure defied conventional construction designs. The architects chose a minimalist exterior made entirely of glass. Though the building is iconic, it was known for its many engineering flaws. It reacts to gusty winds and starts swaying even though the 44-square feet long glass panes stay in place. The center portion of the building keeps twisting and bending. Nearly 65 of the 10,344 glass panes have come crashing down to the ground due to their separation from the lead solder. As a result of these flaws, the structure is being constantly monitored, inspected and repaired. In order to decrease the torsion caused by the twisting and bending, dampeners and steel braces weighing thousands of tons have been placed. The observation tower which was a tourist attraction has been closed after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Despite all its troubles, the tower still remains a captivating sight.
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