Prudential Tower Observatory Closure & Renovation | 800 Boylston St | Back Bay

Jahvon09

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You must have a powerful lense on your camera to be able to photograph the Pru Tower from Woburn up this close!!! Wow!!! :eek:
 
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Where in Woburn? Mt Towanda? (aka Horn Pond Mountain)
Yup that's the place! (never heard of the Towanda name) I know there's at least one other spot you can snag skyline pics in Woburn but haven't been and I think it's just a poorer version of the Horn Pond view.

Actually, maybe I'll check out that second view sometime soon. It's here:
 

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Yup that's the place! (never heard of the Towanda name) I know there's at least one other spot you can snag skyline pics in Woburn but haven't been and I think it's just a poorer version of the Horn Pond view.

Actually, maybe I'll check out that second view sometime soon. It's here:
Nice. I believe Towanda is an old name for it, and might be its actual formal name. It was home to a ski area into the 1970s, and the remnants are still visible, along with the ruins of the old Woburn Reservoir. There is or was a social club called the Towanda Club in in Woburn, so I assume that has something to do with the name, though I'm not sure which was named for which. Two years ago yesterday I seriously injured both knees in a trip and fall accident, and after a week at BMC, I ended up doing another week plus of physical rehabilitation at the New England Rehab at the foot of the mountain. My room there had a view of the Edison lines and up the north slope, so I vowed that when I was able to, I would climb it. I originally intended to climb it in the spring of 2020, but the pandemic delayed that, and I ended up climbing it along with my 79 year old father a year from the date I was admitted to the rehab as sort of a closure on the event. The delay worked in my favor because my knees were in much better shape by September than they were in April or May, when I originally wanted to climb it.
 

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Looks all dark up there now!! Looks like weird things going on! Don't know what to make of it.
 

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Does anyone know what presence Prudential itself has in the tower these days?
 

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Prudential Financial has a suite on the 45th floor (I believe). The signage rights are grandfathered in and were both part of the original development deal in the '60s and part of the more recent sale to Boston Properties about 20 years ago. It's going to have that PRUDENTIAL sign on the hat/crown for a long time.
 

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Is it true they will add 50 feet onto the top for the Observatory tower to make it an 800 ft building?
 

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More details shared by Boston Properties yesterday:
From the above press release:
  • Immersive experiential exhibits and bistro on the 50th floor
  • Indoor/outdoor cocktail lounge and 360-degree outdoor viewing deck on the 51st floor
  • Double height (24-foot) indoor viewing space on the 52nd floor

Apparently this is being branded as "View Boston"
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Makes me think that they might be trying to copy the World Trade Center in New York with the new name!! Hah!!
 

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The name is a missed opportunity. 'Top of the Hub' was uniquely Boston (though 'skywalk' was generic). I wished they could have come up with something special for this that at least carried the torch from 'Top of the Hub'
 

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