- Nov 15, 2020
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Yeah, that's my bad, I didn't end up seeing the bottom part of your message...I think that the majority of Boston architecture nerds admire the Pru as it is anyways.
....in 1996, I'm not sure if a "late-80's feel" was all that much of a detriment.I worked in that building 1996-1998. The lobby was pleasant but not remarkable; had a late-80s feel, but nice enough, lots of light-ish wood and warm colors, not particularly brightly lit.
Did ride up the elevator with Bobby Orr once, though. His agents were on the floor below us (I think? It was a long time ago) at the time.
It wasn't. Just an observation. At the time, it seemed more or less current, but in retrospect it was getting toward the end of that era of commercial interior design. Tail end of the po-mo era and stuff that came with it from my perspective.....in 1996, I'm not sure if a "late-80's feel" was all that much of a detriment.
I caught the end years of the original "California Style" outdoor promenade, around 1989 -92. similar to the photo below. I remember the roof openings were not glazed and the escalator entrances at each end were open as well. I can't seem to find any photos of the interior public areas. Needless to say, it was wind swept in the winters. EDIT - I found one of the interior with the open end in the background (Boylston?) and another bad pic of the skywalk before it was enclosed.
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It was still the original podium wing. Had office demand not cratered in the early 1990s then it's possible 111 Huntington plus arcade would've been built in 1992 right along with the Boylston and Back Bay arcades, but obviously that didn't happen and the Huntington portion was split off into a separate phase, waiting for market conditions to improve.Another "what did" question coming from me... what did the Huntington Arcade look like (1993-1998-ish) prior to the construction of the massive expanded one?