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To be honest, I still can't get use to that 4 Seasons Tower taking away some of my attention from the Hancock and Pru. I'm sure it'll grow on me eventually.
 
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Same with me. As much as I love it, It's positioning almost makes it look like subtraction by addition. The Simon tower could have helped with the disjointedness.
 

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I have very mixed feelings about Dalton.
It's skyline positioning is indeed very weird. In part because from a North or South view, it steps up without anything to catch it to the East. Sort of apposed to the way some of NYC's skyline seems to swell and build up to its height. Dalton is just a shear drop-off.

On another hand, as one of the 3 notable skyscrapers in Boston, it's extremely mundane. I've been conditioned to love the Pru's weirdness, and Hancock is just plain nice. Dalton is essentially flat and the triangular plan does nothing to it's reflective qualities. Just some plain obelisk (sitting right near some tiny brownstones...). And I don't necessarily have an issue with more minimal design, it's just minimal to the point of boredom without any other fabric of towers to absorb it. I'd put Hancock on the other end of minimal but interesting.

So it's sitting among a couple buildings with character, but because it's positioned at the edge of their "cluster" as opposed to in-between closer to Copley, and because it's so mundane, it doesn't really add anything to the skyline.

Also I still can't get over how there are still so many plywood window infills two years later.
 

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it doesn't strike me as mundane, but - and i've made this comment before - this is a building that would be greatly enhanced by ANY nighttime exterior lighting. in person, in the day, it's quite elegant. it's also distinct among the vast majority of boston highrises and skyscrapers in that it's 1) not rectilinear, 2) very slim/slender. at night it truly is just some featureless monolith, not really adding anything to the party. some subtle lighting up the vertical grooves would make a massive difference and even the very small and subtle promised-but-not-delivered four seasons tree logo would be a big improvement. b/c of that - as much as the ridiculous plywood place-holder "windows"- this building just seems unfinished to me, much like the roof-less millenium tower. they're both pretty nice and brimming with untapped potential -- it's a shame that both are stuck at something like 95% complete.
 
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Just to clarify, One Dalton is not an obelisk. The Bunker Hill Monument is an obelisk (4 sides with a pyramid on top).
 

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On another hand, as one of the 3 notable skyscrapers in Boston, it's extremely mundane. I've been conditioned to love the Pru's weirdness, and Hancock is just plain nice. Dalton is essentially flat and the triangular plan does nothing to it's reflective qualities. Just some plain obelisk (sitting right near some tiny brownstones...). And I don't necessarily have an issue with more minimal design, it's just minimal to the point of boredom without any other fabric of towers to absorb it. I'd put Hancock on the other end of minimal but interesting.
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can i make a skyline shot request? i lived on mission hill for 3 years and as hard as i tried, i was never able to get a good view of the skyline from the top. all views are owned by apartments or blocked by them.

always thought New England Baptist Hospital would have the best skyline view, but obviously you can't just go in and ask to look out the window to take photos. anyone got any skyline shots from mission hill?
 

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can i make a skyline shot request? i lived on mission hill for 3 years and as hard as i tried, i was never able to get a good view of the skyline from the top. all views are owned by apartments or blocked by them.

always thought New England Baptist Hospital would have the best skyline view, but obviously you can't just go in and ask to look out the window to take photos. anyone got any skyline shots from mission hill?
From Mission Hill, there are 2 good spots for Boston skyline pics and other good ones for Longwood/Cambridge pics.

Kevin W. Fitzgerald Park has some stunning angles:
IMG_4121 by David Z, on Flickr

Then there's near the hospital on Parker Hill Ave:
IMG_4157 by David Z, on Flickr

The last key spot is going into the parking lot of the Parker Hill Apartments here. If you click in the link you can see the skyline between the buildings. There's a better view if you position yourself correctly in the lot:

IMG_4174 by David Z, on Flickr
 

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From Mission Hill, there are 2 good spots for Boston skyline pics and other good ones for Longwood/Cambridge pics.

Kevin W. Fitzgerald Park has some stunning angles:
IMG_4121 by David Z, on Flickr

Then there's near the hospital on Parker Hill Ave:
IMG_4157 by David Z, on Flickr

The last key spot is going into the parking lot of the Parker Hill Apartments here. If you click in the link you can see the skyline between the buildings. There's a better view if you position yourself correctly in the lot:

IMG_4174 by David Z, on Flickr
Thanks for this! I have, however walked through that apartment parking lot and while you can kind of see a cool view in the skinny opening between the buildings, it's not a full view. Thanks for the suggestions and for sharing your great pics.
 

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