e martë, 7 gusht 2007

Massive Boston Update!

I am a couple of days late on this, but here is a massive update of Boston, Massachusetts. Looks like the modelers at Google have been busy!

Five Hundred Boylston

500 Boylston Street is a 1989 Post-Modern building located in the Back Bay section of Boston and part of the city's High Spine. It sits next to the landmark Trinity Church. It dominates the western half of the city block bounded by Boylston, Clarendon and Berkeley streets and St. James Avenue. It was designed by John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson, with structural engineering by LeMessurier Consultants. The construction project was managed by Bond Brothers. It cost $100,000,000 to build. The site contains approximately 137,000 square feet of land area or 3.15 acres, with approximately 500 feet of frontage on Boylston Street.[1] The first six floors are retail and small office space. Above that there is a 19-story office tower with Class A office space. It has approximately 715,000 square feet of office space. It has an underground parking lot for 1,000 cars that it is shares with 222 Berkeley Street. - Wikipedia

125 High Street

Boasting three towers, and three restored 19th century buildings at 6,5, and 4 stories, this block known as 125 High Street is located in Boston, MA. Architect Jung|Brannen Associates, Inc. completed the final 30 story, 452 feet tower in 1991. Model by Alex Juhola.

125 Summer Street

125 Summer Street takes up an entire block in Central Boston. It rises to a height of 300 feet, was designed by Kohn, Pederson and Fox, and was completed in 1989. The atrium was designed using marble patterns and wainscotting, with accents made of cherry. Model created by Zach Moore.

Boston City Hall

When three Columbia professors submitted their design for the new Boston City Hall little did they know their brutalist based concept would end up producing one of the most controversial and unique buildings to ever be built in the U.S. The 9 story building is almost completely made of poured in place or precast concrete components. The most notable features of the building are the large cantilevered floors and the repeated use of concrete vertical louver systems. The ability to pass through the building's courtyard was a greatly heralded feature at the time of it's completion but due to security concerns the access to the courtyard has been heavily restricted for most of the buildings life. In 1969 Kallmann, McKinnell and Knowles was awarded with an AIA Award for Architecture as well as the Harleston Parker Medal from the City of Boston for thw building's design. The surrounding plaza known as government center was designed by I.M. Pei and has been regarded as one of the worst public spaces in existence by many planners and city planning organizations including the Project for Public Places. Model created by Nathan Kohrmann.

First National Bank of Boston

The 6th tallest structure in Boston, the First National Bank of Boston Building was originally completed in 1971 and designed by architects: Campbell, Aldrich, Nulty. The building consists of 37 floors which are used for office spaces.

Flour and Grain Exchange

Architects Shepley, Rutan and Goolidge (today known as Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott) designed and built the Flour and Grain Exchange in 1891. Located in the heart of downtown Boston at 177 Milk Street, this 7-story building is constructed almost entirely of granite exemplifying the Richardsonian Romanesque style associated with H.H. Richardson, the architecture firm's original principal. The impressive walls and bold appearance reflect an expression of financial security that was appropriate to the city's commercial circles. Model by Alex Juhola.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

In 1899 architect Willard T. Sears drew up plans and began construction on the museum, inspired by Venice's Palazzo Barbaro. Three floors of galleries and one floor of living quarters surround a garden courtyard. The museum holds decorative and fine arts from cultures around the world, spanning 30 centuries.

The John Hancock Berkeley Building

The John Hancock Berkeley Building rises 26 stories and 495 feet into Boston's Back Bay skyline. It is one of three John Hancock buildings in Boston. The architecture firm of Cram and Ferguson completed the building in 1947. Today it is known for the weather beacon at it's summit, which signals changing weather to the city. Currently, the Berkeley Building is the 18th tallest in Boston. Model by Catherine Moats.

First Church of Christ Scientist

The Romanesque Mother Church of the Christian Science religion was built in 1894 following the founding of the church by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879. The larger domed addition, added in 1906, boasts one of the world's largest pipe organs. The 14 acre headquarters complex (commonly known as the Christian Science Center) includes the church, administration offices, plaza, and reflecting pools. Model by Catherine Moats.

New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium is located at on Central Wharf in Boston. It was built in 1969 and was one of the first modern aquarium’s in the country. The Aquarium features a cylindrical 200,000 gallon tank in the atrium, with a walkway spiraling around it that allows visitors to engage in every level of the exhibit. At the base is a large penguin exhibit. The Simons IMAX Theatre and the New England Aquarium Whale Watch are also a part of the Aquarium. The New England Aquarium dedicates itself to not only educating the public, but also to researching and conserving aquatic life. Model by Noel Nemcik.

New England Telephone Building

The New England Telephone and Telegraph Building rises 298 feet into the skyline of Boston's financial district. The building formerly headquartered the New England Telephone company, but is currently used by Verizon Communications. Its construction was completed in 1947 and it overlooks the Post Office Square Park to the north.

Old South Church

Old South Church, designed by the architectural firm of Cummings and Sears, was constructed between 1872 and 1875. As a Venetian Gothic style building, it is one of the best examples of theorist John Ruskin's influence on American architecture. The exterior combines colorful courses of Roxbury pudding stone and rose sandstone. Ornate stone and ironwork trace the roof lines. The campanile, or tower, stands 246' tall and houses the congregation's 2020 pound bell. Members of the congregation included notable American revolutionaries such as Samuel Adams and William Dawes.

Prudential Tower

Designed by Charles Luckman and Associates and completed in 1964 the Prudential Tower was the tallest building in North America out side of New York City standing at 750 feet and 907 feet including the antenna. The tower is still the second tallest building in Boston and the 50th floor observation deck, called the Prudential Skywalk, is the highest in New England still open to the public. Model by Lars Zimmerman.

South Station Boston

Designed by the firm of Sheply, Rutan and Coolidge the South Station opend in 1899 becoming the largest trainstation in the world at the time. By 1910 the southstation was the busiest station in the country. The South Station has since had portions demolished however the station is still the largest in the greater Boston area.

Twenty Winthrop Square

Built in 1873 after Boston's Great Fire, Twenty Winthrop Square is a National Register property, the building is known for its brick and limestone facade, gracefully following the curves of Franklin and Devonshire Streets. Model by Lars Zimmerman

Sheraton Hotel

Located in the heart of the Back Bay the Sheraton Boston Hotel overlooks many of the city's famous sites and attractions including the famous reflecting pool on the First Church of Christ Scientist grounds. Attached to the Hynes convention center and the Prudential center has made The Sheraton Boston hotel one of the busiest hotels in Boston. Model created by Nathan Kohrmann.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston building, nicknamed "the washboard", is a modern 614 ft/187m tall, 33-story building, located at 600 Atlantic Avenue in the financial district of Boston. The building was designed by the architecture firm Hugh Stubbins & Associates in 1977. Model created by Matt Brown.

International Place

International Place is located in the heart of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The complex is made up of several connected buildings of similar shapes and forms. The two towers are One International Place and Two International Place. Tower One is 46 stories tall and reaches a height of 600 feet while tower Two is small it still reaches 538 feet into the air and stands at 35 floors. Construction of One ended in 1987, and in 1992 for Two. International Place was designed by Johnson/Burgee Architects. Model by Austin Metzger.

John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center

Named after Mayor John B. Hynes and located in Boston's Back Bay, the Hynes Convention Center offers 193,000 square feet of flexible exhibit and auditorium space, 41 meeting rooms, and a 25,000 square foot ballroom. Guests can also enjoy the center's connection to the Prudential Center complex that offers shopping and hotel lodging. Model created by Matt Brown, Jin Pak and Mason Thrall.

John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse

The John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse is located near the Evelyn Moakley Bridge in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. Construction of the building began in October 1994 and was finished in July of 1998. The John Joseph Moakley building was named after Congressman Joe Moakley shortly after his death. The building contains two courtrooms for the Court of Appeals, 25 courtrooms for the District Court, 40 judges' chambers, a Circuit law library, the office of a United States Congressman, offices for the United States Attorney, support facilities for the United States Marshals service, Pre-Trial and Probation services, and a day-care facility. The lead designer of this award winning building is Henry N. Cobb. Model by Austin Metzger

Marriott's Custom House

The towering Marriott's Custom House sits in the Central Boston area and has 32 floors. The original Custom House was built in 1847, and originally had a dome on its roof. The current building, which boasts the 496 foot clock tower, was competed in 1915, and currently is home to the hotels 80 rooms. On the 26th floor is an observation deck open to the elements. Model created by Zach Moore.

Museum of Fine Arts

In 1907, Museum Trustees hired architect Guy Lowell to create a master plan for the Museum that could be built in sequences as funding was obtained for each phase. The first section of Lowell’s neo-classical design was completed in 1909, and featured a 500-foot façade of cut granite along Huntington Avenue, a grand rotunda, and impressive exhibition galleries. The new building was financed entirely by individual donation. Only two years after the completion of the first phase of Lowell’s design, Mrs. Robert Dawson Evans offered to fund the entire cost of building the next section of the Museum’s master plan, a wing along the Fenway to house paintings galleries. The Evans Wing opened in 1915. Between 1982 and 1986, the Evans Wing was renovated and a climate control system was installed. These renovations were designed by I.M. Pei. in 1977, the Museum turned to I.M. Pei to design an expansion that would surround and encompass the White Wing. Opened in 1981, the West Wing reflects Pei’s modernist design aesthetic with an emphasis on natural light. The museum is currently under renovation and will soon have a new addition by Norman Foster with Foster and Partners. Model by Lars Zimmerman

State Street Financial Center

Construction initially began in the early 1990's however, the building was delayed for over a decade because of the economy and the demand for office space dropped. The building finally completed in 2003 and won the Boston BOMA award for building of the year in the same year. The building was designed by the firm, Jung | Brannen Associates, Inc. Model by Jin S. Pak.

101 Huntington Avenue

The 101 Huntington Avenue building is a 336ft. office building in the Prudential Center. The 25-story building was finished in 1972 and was designed by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. Also included in this model is a large section of the Prudential Center Including Saks Fifth Ave. Model by Jordan Van Wyk.

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