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but can we raise the bar a little?
The bar for high-rise architecture in Boston has always been so low that a slug could jump over it. (notwithstanding the Custom House and Hancock)

The Verizon Tower is like a modern rendition of the Pregnant Building with that bumped-out glass portion, and I think that's pretty cool.
 

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The bar for high-rise architecture in Boston has always been so low that a slug could jump over it. (notwithstanding the Custom House and Hancock)

The Verizon Tower is like a modern rendition of the Pregnant Building with that bumped-out glass portion, and I think that's pretty cool.
i'd put 1 dalton, exchange place, international place, the old JHT, 60 state street, federal reserve, and millenium tower in the "fairly high bar" territory. possibly unitied shoe, one financial, and one lincoln, too. if it turns out like the renders the new state street building will be absolutely stunning.

i have an architect aquantance who absolutely loves 28 state street. i don't find it offensive, but even despite her careful explanations for why it's such a success, it doesn't do much for me.
 

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i'd put 1 dalton, exchange place, international place, the old JHT, 60 state street, federal reserve, and millenium tower in the "fairly high bar" territory. possibly unitied shoe, one financial, and one lincoln, too.
I'm not an architect, but as a layman I don't find any of those buildings to be particularly attractive or impressive. Maybe exchange place, but the others are ok at best, imo.
 

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In the past 10 years, so many finished buildings have surprisingly turned out better than their renderings, but definitely not so in this case.
 

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What happened to the ‘no logos on the tops of buildings’ save few exceptions rule I vaguely remember learning about on this forum as a kid?
 

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What happened to the ‘no logos on the tops of buildings’ save few exceptions [...]
Wasn't it about % occupancy by the logo tenant? (something like A single main tenant had to rent "most" of the inside, not just the logo space) The Seaport is basically all logos, because smaller towers were easier to "fill enough"

Here, how does Verizon vs Rapid 7 work?
 

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Wasn't it about % occupancy by the logo tenant? (something like A single main tenant had to rent "most" of the inside, not just the logo space) The Seaport is basically all logos, because smaller towers were easier to "fill enough"

Here, how does Verizon vs Rapid 7 work?
pay a lot of $$$$$ for signage. verizon has more $$$$ to spend on a sign...
 

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^ I believe anyone putting up the sign has to meet City imposed requirements related to occupancy.

I do not believe it is simply a matter of paying enough money to the building owner or to the city.
 

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I think it's becoming apparent from the Causeway and 93 shots that the treatment of the surfaces under the "bump-outs" and the roof is really going to make or break this thing from the ground level. If done without shortcuts, they could make for very attractive accents on this one.
There are those accents I was asking for. I wish there was a bit more depth, that the undersides weren't completely flush, but I think the color choice plays very nicely with the surrounding brick buildings.
 

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My mind is already filling in the blanks with completed buildings, notably the Alcott, One Congress, and Winthrop Center. A few years from now this view from Bunker Hill Monument Square will become iconic... maybe not quite Acorn Street or Alamo Square Park iconic, but certainly a noteworthy exclamation mark for the throngs of tourists that descend upon the Freedom Trail.
And just think how much better that view will be once One Congress is built!
 

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Look at the three towers in the last shot. Makes it brutally clear. This is merely commerce, no equivocation, plain and simple. Architecture and urban design hold little sway when it comes to real estate development in too many instances in our city. So it seems. The base, yes, arguably, is an attempt at enhancing the neighborhood and place-making. But the towers are, charitably, mediocre. This may well be our mayor's real legacy (after Covid) - the cheapening, if not the diminishment, of our architectural realm. This is not hyperbole. A tipping point is not recognized until one is past the point. It's when you look back you realize. Two separate developments that could have artfully (too much to ask?) branded an entrance to Boston, and don't. Another opportunity lost, or mishandled, Your Honor. Cities need to grow, yes, undeniably, but can we raise the bar a little?
Cheapening our architectural realm in the west end? Lol. Could the West End get any worse? Literally anything will add to the architecture in that region, and I think these towers look unbelievable.
 

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