One Post Office Square Makeover and Expansion | Financial District

odurandina

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i need to click on this thread every 8 months.
We're prolly about 2 years from the fireworks.
 

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what's awful about the federal reserve bank (or, in particular, its roof)?
Nothing wrong with the Old Federal Reserve Bank building. But that top is like wearing a Yankee cap with tuxedo.
 

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i feel like we've gotta be talking about two different buildings(?)
The old Federal Reserve Building is located in Post Office Square. It is that 1920’s Renaissance style building on the corner. It has an obtrusive dunce cap on top of it. Been a hotel for a few decades.
 

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Ah, no. Toby.
Sorry you have to look at the roof of the Langham Hotel
from high atop DTX at "45 Nimby Street towers....."
But this building is lovely.
Demolish 133 Federal Street, and put up a 660' art deco resident tower for you to admire.
 
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Ah, no. Toby.
Sorry you have to look at the roof of the Langham Hotel
from high atop DTX at "45 Nimby Street towers....."
But this building is lovely.
Demolish 133 Federal Street, and put up a 660' art deco resident tower for you to admire.



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can you give the anti-nimby raving a rest for maybe a week? a day, even? you have some good points and i (shockingly) agree with plenty of your beliefs, but you need - NEED - to tone the rhetoric down, dude. either that or go to a city that embraces the height that you so covet. this is boston and it's not gonna become dubai because you post the same stuff of AB and boston.com and skyscraperpage etc etc. go for a jog, read a book, take up the guitar, buy a puppy. chill out with the same, endless, on-repeat nonsense. seriously.
 

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Ah, no. Toby.
Sorry you have to look at the roof of the Langham Hotel
from high atop DTX at "45 Nimby Street towers....."
But this building is lovely.
Demolish 133 Federal Street, and put up a 660' art deco resident tower for you to admire.



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Odurandina -- What people are complaining about is not the old Federal Reserve Bank -- as designed and executed circa 1920 -- that is fine fine -- its the work that was done to make the building into the Le Meridian Hotel [Robert Hsuing of Jung / Brannen Associates 1981] which added the glass cap to house more hotel rooms and connected it to the then under construction One Post Office Square Tower

There was no Mansard-style roof on the original Renaissance Revival Bank see for example the image on Page 9, 10 of the Boston Landmarks Commission Study
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK
Boston Landmarks Commission Study Report 1978
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PearlSt. fascade as originally constructed
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The re-skinning of the tower is a good thing. The old panels looked cheapskate, bad for everyone’s view.
As for height fetishists, I’d trade the old Fed’s crummy hat for 2/3s flat top and a 625’ campanile grooving up slowly in the back corner.
Don’t be too quick to put down an old dog.
 

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from SST thread conversation earlier....
The best news about this project is they're building (SST) on spec.
.....as "on-spec" if they're 95% of the way to signing Salesforce?
I don't have any inside info, FWIW, but back in the Spring that sounded like a done deal.
The best news--or the least surprising news, given the exceptionally constrained supply of office space?

Colliers says the current vacancy rate it measures for the aggregated Downtown markets (Back Bay/DTX/Seaport, etc.), of 7.9%, is at an 18-year low:
https://www2.colliers.com/en/Research/Boston/2019-Q3-Market-Viewpoint-Report-Boston-Colliers

What is interesting, though, is that now you have 3 towers rising/planned, each within 350 yards of each other:
Winthrop Center Tower: 772,000 sf office space. opening 2022
South Station Tower: 768,000 sf office space. opening ? (but construction underway)
125 Lincoln Street: 625,000 sf office space. BPDA review ongoing.
Obviously WCT gets to market first--in the best of all worlds, though, the openings are staggered (assuming 125 Lincoln gets approved) in such a way that there isn't a market glut of 2.2 million sf...

Could have put this in the office space thread but since the POS redo
is featured in Globe's Financial District story today,
i'll just post it here. (Sorry if Enzo)......

Tim Logan -- Globe

For decades, Post Office Square has been ground zero for one of the traditional pillars of Boston’s economy: the financial services industry.

Now, one of the square’s signature buildings is getting a top-to-bottom makeover, with an eye to attracting companies that form one of the new pillars of Boston’s economy: the tech industry.

The $300 million redo of One Post Office Square, which will gut the 735,000-square-foot tower and replace its brooding concrete facade with 41 stories of glass, is the latest — and most visually striking — example of the ongoing evolution in the business heart of Boston: The Financial District is becoming a tech district.
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