Educated guess is during the energy crisis to reduce solar gain. I could be way off base though.Speaking of the Pru facade....when were the windows of the Pru covered in reflective film? I think it ruined the overall look...clear windows looked better than the silvered effect now in place. And I agree I'd like to see the panels spruced up somehow.
I remember seeing that Buck Printing sign over the bleacher walls at Fenway when I was a kid (actually, I had forgotten it until I saw an old ballpark photo one day and was like. "I remember that!"), but I didn't know where it actually had been until now. This shows that the distinctive, older building beyond it is actually Jillian's, and the Buck Printing building is now Tequila Rain.
OMG What you said brought back memories... I just remembered how badd it used to be when the Prudential mall area was like a wind swept wind tunnel in the middle of the winter. And the doors used to slam shut behind you when they close from the wind. It was indeed awful it used to be soo cold and that wind used to downright sting your face.The non-enclosed shopping area was a terrible place, because the wind just whipped through it. Turning it into a mall greatly improved the entire Pru.
Not sure, but remember that Hynes was originally the War Memorial Auditorium, with about 40% of the building given over to said auditorium, complete with stage, balcony seating and the like. So it's possible in those earliest iterations that they were thinking of going exclusively with a theatre-in-the-round/arena setup. Then again it was always going to be a city-run convention center, so I'm not sure why they'd forgo on the general convention space.Was the Hynes originally supposed to be more of an arena type thing? The circular shape in the original proposals looks something like that.