U.S. city of
Boston has over 220 high-rises,
the majority located in the Financial District and the Back Bay
In the city, there are 27 buildings that
stand taller than . The tallest structure in Boston is the
60-story Hancock Place, better known to locals as the John Hancock Tower,
which rises 790 feet
(241 m) in the Back Bay district.
Hancock Place is also the 46th-tallest
in the United States. The second-tallest building in Boston is
Tower, which is high.
history of skyscrapers began with the completion in 1893 of the
Building, which is
considered to be the city's first high-rise.
through a major building boom in the 1960s and 1970s, resulting in
the construction of over 20 skyscrapers, including Hancock Place
and the Prudential Tower. The city is the site of 16 skyscrapers that
rise at least 500 feet (152 m) in height, more than any
other city in New
Based on existing and under-construction
buildings over tall), the skyline of Boston is ranked second in the
(after New York City
and tenth in the United States.
As of June 2008, Boston has three major proposals to build
skyscrapers within the next five years. The largest of these
proposals is Trans National
, which, if constructed, would become the new tallest
building in the city at 1,175 feet (358 m). If built, the
skyscraper would also rank among the tallest in the United States;
only three existing
buildings in the country are taller
. Another proposal is
the South Bay
Tower, which, at 800 feet (244 m), would become
the city's second-tallest structure.
A third major proposal
for the city is the South Station
, which would become the city's fifth-tallest building,
assuming that both Trans National Place and the South Bay Tower are
This lists ranks Boston skyscrapers that stand at least
400 feet (122 m) tall, based on standard height
measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but
does not include antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank
indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year"
column indicates the year in which a building was completed.
Tallest buildings by pinnacle height
This list ranks Boston skyscrapers based on their pinnacle height,
which includes radio masts and antennas. As architectural features
and spires can be regarded as subjective, some skyscraper
enthusiasts prefer this method of measurement. Standard
architectural height measurement, which excludes antennas in
building height, is included for comparative purposes.
Tallest under construction, approved and proposed
This lists skyscrapers that are approved, proposed, or under
construction in Boston and planned to be at least tall, but are not
yet completed structures.
* Table entries without text indicate that information regarding
building heights, floor counts, and/or dates of completion has not
yet been released.
Timeline of tallest buildings
For most of Boston's earlier years, the tallest buildings in the
city were churches with their steeples. The first skyscraper
in the city is usually regarded to be the Ames Building, completed in 1893. However, since the
13-story building did not surpass the steeple of the Church of
the Covenant, it never became a city record holder.
skyscraper to have the distinction of being Boston's tallest
building was the Custom House Tower, completed in 1915.
- A. New York has 216 existing and under
construction buildings at least 500 ft (152 m) in height,
Chicago has 107, Miami has 37, Houston has 31, Los Angeles has 22,
Dallas has 19, Atlanta has 19, San Francisco has 18, Las Vegas has
17 and Boston has 16. Source of Skyline ranking information:
SkyscraperPage.com diagrams: New
York, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Los
Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, San