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At 791 feet (241 meters), the 60-story John Hancock Tower is the tallest building in Boston and New England.

The Minimalist-style office tower was designed by architect Henry Cobb of the I.M. Pei & Partners architectural firm. Construction started in 1968, but the building's projected 1971 opening date was delayed until 1976 because of numerous engineering flaws encountered during construction.

The most serious engineering flaw occurred when the wind caused 65 windows, each weighing 500 pounds (227 kilograms), to detach and crash to the ground as a result of a defect in the way they were attached to the building. Before the windows could be replaced, the streets and sidewalks around the building had to be closed whenever the wind speed reached 45 miles per hour (72 kilometers per hour). Eventually, all 10,344 windows had to be replaced at a cost of over $7,000,000 before the building could be occupied.

An observation deck used to offer visitors panoramic views over the Boston area. However, that observation deck has been closed for security reasons since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Directions: The John Hancock Tower is located at 200 Clarendon Street, west of the Financial District.

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  • Updated Aug 10, 2012
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