- List of tallest buildings in Boston
This list of tallest buildings in Boston ranks
skyscrapers in the U.S. city of Boston, Massachusettsby height. The tallest structure in the city is the 60-story Hancock Place, better known to locals as the John Hancock Tower, which rises 790 feet (241 m) in Boston's Back Baydistrict.cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=johnhancocktower-boston-ma-usa|title=Hancock Place|accessdate=2007-08-02|publisher=Emporis.com] Hancock Place is also the 46th-tallest building in the United States. The second-tallest building in Boston is the Prudential Tower, which is convert|749|ft|m|0 high.cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=prudentialtower-boston-ma-usa|title=Prudential Tower|accessdate=2007-08-02|publisher=Emporis.com]
Boston's history of skyscrapers began with the completion in 1893 of the 13-story
Ames Building, which is considered to be the city's first high-rise.cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/Red%20Books/74000382.red.pdf|title=Boston. AMES BUILDING|accessdate=2007-08-03|publisher=National Registry of Historic Places; National Park Service] Boston went through a major building boom in the 1960s and 1970s, resulting in the construction of over 20 skyscrapers, including Hancock Place and the Prudential Tower. The city is the site of 16 skyscrapers that rise at least 500 feet (152 m) in height, more than any other city in New England. Based on existing and under-construction buildings over convert|500|ft|m|0 tall), the skyline of Boston is ranked second in the Northeast (after New York City) and tenth in the United States.ref label|note01|A|^
As of June 2008, Boston has three major proposals to build skyscrapers within the next five years. The largest of these proposals is
Trans National Place, which, if constructed, would become the new tallest building in the city at 1,175 feet (358 m). If built, the skyscraper would also rank among the tallest in the United States;cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=transnationalplace-boston-ma-usa|title=Trans National Place|accessdate=2007-08-02|publisher=Emporis.com] only three existing buildings in the country are taller. Another proposal is the South Bay Tower, which, at 800 feet (244 m), would become the city's second-tallest structure.cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=gatewaycenter-boston-ma-usa|title=Gateway Center|accessdate=2007-08-02|publisher=Emporis.com] A third major proposal for the city is the South Station Tower, which would become the city's fifth-tallest building, assuming that both Trans National Place and the South Bay Tower are constructed.cite web|url=http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=6052|title=South Station Tower|accessdate=2007-08-03|publisher=SkyscraperPage.com]
This lists ranks Boston skyscrapers that stand at least 400 feet (122 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. Existing structures are included for ranking purposes based on present height.
*Table entries without text indicate that information regarding building heights, floor counts, and/or dates of completion has not yet been released.
Timeline of tallest buildings
For most of Boston's earlier years, the tallest buildings in the city were churches with their steeples. The first skyscraper in the city is usually regarded to be the
Ames Building, completed in 1893. However, since the 13-story building did not surpass the steeple of the Church of the Covenant,cite web|url=http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=22265|title=Church of the Covenant|accessdate=2007-08-03|publisher=SkyscraperPage.com] it never became a city record holder. The first skyscraper to have the distinction of being Boston's tallest building was the Custom House Tower, completed in 1915.
:A. note label|note01|A|^New York has 216 existing and under construction buildings at least 500 ft (152 m) in height, Chicago has 107, Miami has 37, Houston has 31, Los Angeles has 22, Dallas has 19, Atlanta has 19, San Francisco has 18, Las Vegas has 17 and Boston has 16. Source of Skyline ranking information: SkyscraperPage.com diagrams: [http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?33112716 New York] , [http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?33112734 Chicago] , [http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?33112741 Miami] , [http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?33112755 Houston] , [http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?33112765 Los Angeles] , [http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?33112784 Dallas] , [http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?33112800 Atlanta] , [http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?33112819 San Francisco] , [http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?33112840 Las Vegas] , [http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?33112829 Boston] .
* [http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/ci/bu/sk/li/?id=101045&bt=2&ht=2&sro=1 Emporis.com - Boston] ;Specific
* [http://www.archboston.org/community/forumdisplay.php?f=20 Boston Skyscrapers and Construction] on archBOSTON
* [http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?31153754 Diagram of Boston skyscrapers] on SkyscraperPage
* [http://en.structurae.de/geo/geoid/index.cfm?ID=71 Boston structures] on
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