Yes, there's only 3 black highrises in the city that I can think of. One of them is more of a landscraper between South Station and the Fort Point Channel. 100 Summer St is quite imposing up close but still squat and fat overall. 1 Boston Place is a dominant, differentiating tower, particularly from the North. It and the Fed both have that brooding, almost evil look to them that really stands out in a sea of brown boxes and will continue to stand out once we have our likely sea of glass in a few years. It looks its best on weird, dystopian weather days, such as a hazy brown sky I remember from a few years back where it seemed to materialize out of thin air when viewed from near North Station. It looks like the building that Darth Vader would have his regional office in, with the main office of course being the John Hancock Building in Chicago.Modernist towers generally suck but I like 1 Boston Place. Its dark color adds something different to the skyline, and its not fat like 1 Beacon or 1 Federal.
Anti development? I visited my dad at mass general a week ago and counted 10 cranes from the window across the west end, Cambridge, and back over to Kenmore. How does biggest construction boom ever lead to a conclusion of were doomed and the city is anti development? Talk about ridiculous.This "castle-in-the-sky" skyscraper proposal will of course never happen, and likewise, as for my blog entries on this website, I will never use caps either lest I be excoriated by the moderators; but, come on people, where have you all been for years on this high rise issue with regards to Boston? The Winthrop Square Tower was set originally at something like 770 FT above street level until the FAA whittled it down to its current max out building height of 691 FT. Moreover, with all that has been going on lately with this or that legislation concerning shadows over the Common, the heights of building in sections of Boston deemed as historic and thus limiting the heights of structures greatly throughout much of Downtown Boston, the recent April 2021 ruling upon the Pinnacle Tower near the Ugly Harbor Towers, and with this ruling possibly putting the brakes upon all further development in the Seaport District, any building near the water's edge, etc., it seems that Boston will be returning to the days of yore ca. 1900 AD when Boston had a maximum height limit for all buildings set at a whopping height of 125 FT above street level. This Commonwealth of Massachusetts is becoming a nightmare for developers with all of our anti-development, anti-business rulings, and legislation. Thus, do not be surprised when development in Boston and along shoreline communities comes to a screeching halt; I was born into a run-down dirty, and drab-sad Boston in the 1950s when virtually nothing was built and the Central City of Boston was a dreary dump. Will it happen again? Yes quite possibly unless political action is taken up by the powers that be!
At various points in my career, I've had need to visit the building for meetings, or once, frustratingly, to look menacing in the BPS reception area while I waited for them to come up with an explanation for why they were so far behind in paying my company what we had billed. At any rate, the inside is 100% cubicle farm, at least, so far as the floors I've visited. You would have no idea in there, what sort of building it was on the outside.I'm curious about the state of the interior of 26 Court Street. As a City-owned property, I'll guess that it's been modified unsympathetically, at least since the BPS took over occupancy in the late 60s.