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Old December 17th, 2012, 06:11 AM   #21
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This website tends to be quite biased against such architecture, don't be surprised.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 09:20 PM   #22
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I'm baffled by the hatred for the Prudential Center. It is a fantastic example of 60's modernism and was considered iconic when built. It still is.
Something can be fantastic and iconic and still ugly.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 09:37 PM   #23
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Something can be fantastic and iconic and still ugly.
That's pretty much where I stand on the Pru. Stylistically, it's a total mutt but as one of the first few major postwar skyscrapers built in the US and as a classic example of midcentury mannered modernism, it really shines.

As for Millennium Tower's floor count, only the lower floors along with the renovated original Filene's portion will be office/retail. the tower will be condos/rentals.
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Old December 18th, 2012, 12:38 AM   #24
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looks nice
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Old December 18th, 2012, 02:39 AM   #25
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Yep, the Prudential Center is hands down the ugliest skyscraper in Boston, though I'm sure it could be re-clad with a much better facade design.
Hands down, the Pru is NOT the ugliest skyscraper in Boston.

To reclad the Pru would be an embarrassment.
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Old December 18th, 2012, 04:49 AM   #26
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Sorry, The Pru is ugly. Don't care if it's beloved, it's dog-ugly.
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Old December 18th, 2012, 08:07 PM   #27
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^True, the Pru does not have pedestrian beauty.
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Old January 6th, 2013, 07:12 AM   #28
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I'm baffled by the hatred for the Prudential Center. It is a fantastic example of 60's modernism and was considered iconic when built. It still is.
lol, I used to work in downtown Boston, and it doesn't look any better in person.

International style architecture is by far the worst period in all of architecture that continues to cling on even now due to a few scattered cheap skate real estate developers.

Squares for squares, imo.
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Old January 6th, 2013, 07:16 AM   #29
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Hands down, the Pru is NOT the ugliest skyscraper in Boston.

To reclad the Pru would be an embarrassment.
And you don't even bother suggesting which of Boston's skyscrapers you think is the ugliest? Weak.
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Old January 12th, 2013, 04:00 AM   #30
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And you don't even bother suggesting which of Boston's skyscrapers you think is the ugliest? Weak.
-One Post Office Square (except the overhang looks great as part of the silhoutte on the Boston skyline)
-The old State Street Bank building from the 60's
-125 High Street
-100 Summer Street (huge fatty)

The biggest abomination in the city is Tremont on the Common
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Old February 4th, 2013, 06:58 AM   #31
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Filene’s leasing deal, restart of project nearing



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In downtown Boston, it is simply known as the hole.

The former Filene’s property, with a construction crater two stories deep, has been a scourge on the city’s central shopping area for five years, defying the wave of recovery that has sprayed the city with new towers and renovated buildings.

But now its developer has a real sign of progress — an emerging deal with a promising tenant that will enable construction to resume on the $620 million project as early as April.

The advertising firm Arnold Worldwide is negotiating a lease to occupy most of the original Filene’s department store, a commitment that in turn would unlock funding for construction, according to a person with knowledge of the transaction. This individual was not *authorized to speak publicly because the deal is not yet final.

More than any other project, the Filene’s redevelopment is crucial to the broader campaign of revitalizing downtown Boston and its shopping district. Positioned at the center of Downtown Crossing, it would bring an influx of new residents and stores to an area that has just begun to shrug off a reputation as a *second-rate retail destination. “Starting construction on Filene’s is going to be like a heart transplant for Downtown Crossing,” said Greg Vasil, chief executive of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. “It will pump life and energy back into the whole area.”

The redevelopment of the Filene’s block would proceed in phases. The first is the renovation of the original Filene’s store into an office and retail complex, to be followed months later by construction of a 625-foot tower over the site of the crater, with residences and *additional stores. Due to its size and marquee location, the project is enormously complex in terms of financing and logistics, requiring the developers to break it into phases.

An executive leading the project for developer Millennium Partners could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Executives with Arnold Worldwide also could not be reached, and a spokesperson for its real estate representative, Cassidy Turley, declined to comment.
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Old April 15th, 2013, 12:32 AM   #32
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The long-stalled Filene’s redevelopment in downtown Boston will resume within days, as the project’s developer has signed the advertising firm Arnold Worldwide to occupy a large chunk of a $630 million complex of new offices, stores, and luxury homes.

The upcoming work will bring life back to the property and accelerate the broader revitalization of Downtown Crossing, where the blight at Filene’s has undermined an otherwise robust period of construction activity in the area.

“Downtown Crossing is buzzing with new energy, and Arnold Worldwide’s commitment to bring its headquarters to the [Filene’s] building speaks volumes about the future of the neighborhood,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said. “Today’s announcement marks another significant step forward in the our ongoing efforts to rebuild this part of downtown.”

Construction on the property will unfold gradually. Developer Millennium Partners will start by rebuilding the original Filene’s store into a retail and office building for Arnold and other tenants. Months later, it will proceed with construction of a 50-plus story tower containing apartments, condominiums and additional stores.

Arnold and its sister agency, Havas Media, will occupy about 125,000 square feet in the restored Filene’s store, which sits at the corner of Washington and Summer Streets, at the center of Downtown Crossing.

“We were drawn to the history of innovation of the Burnham Building and Millennium’s forward-looking plan for the modern workplace that inspires collaboration,” Arnold’s president, Pam Hamlin, said. “We’re also excited to move to a neighborhood that is catering specifically to collaborative and creative companies like Arnold Worldwide. Our new building was a modern architectural first for commerce when it was constructed and we’re all eager to get there and create our own firsts.”

The broader redevelopment project is expected to bring hundreds of new residents as well as new shopping and dining options to an area that has just begun to shrug off a reputation as a *second-rate retail destination.

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http://bostonherald.com/business/rea...oject_downtown
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Old May 9th, 2013, 06:53 PM   #33
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Old May 9th, 2013, 07:59 PM   #34
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Its great that they a retaining the old Felines Building, I would have liked the new tower at the base to somewhat reflect the old building but overall it looks a good development and Im sure much needed for this part of the city. Hope it now goes ahead.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 12:30 AM   #35
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Work is set begin again at the former Filene’s site in June.

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Nearly five years after construction ground to a halt at the former Filene’s site in Boston’s Downtown Crossing leaving a crater in the city’s shopping district, the new development team has set a groundbreaking for next month.

Millennium Partners, the New York developer who bought Vornado Realty Trust’s (NYSE: VNO) stake in the failed development in April for $45 million, has set June 4 to break ground on a $615 million redevelopment of the site. The 1.3 million-square-foot plan will feature a glass residential tower with 500 units next to the 1912 landmark Burnham building with up to 231,000 square feet of retail. The project will preserve and renovate the historic building – home of the former Filene’s department store and Filene’s Basement – and add a new, 54-story skyscraper to the Hub skyline.

“It’s fabulous,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino told the Boston Business Journal on Wednesday. “It’s great for the city of Boston and it’s great for Downtown Crossing.”

Mortgage documents recorded at the Registry of Deeds said Millennium has taken two loans totaling $128.7 million from HSBC Realty Credit Corp. to finance the project.

Last month, Arnold Worldwide and its sister agency Havas Media, confirmed reports that they will occupancy 125,000 square feet of office space at the Burnham Building starting next year. Burnham is the original Filene’s building that has been gutted.

Vornado originally won approval for the Filene’s project, dubbed One Franklin, in 2008. The 39-story mixed-use project was to include offices, a hotel, residential and retail space, in addition to a new home for the flagship Filene’s Basement discount clothing store. Vornado commenced demolition in 2008 on the $750 million project, but construction was halted within months after funding evaporated, leaving an eyesore in the middle of a major city retail center. While the project stalled, Menino fumed and at one point suggested the city would seize the property through eminent domain.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 11:11 AM   #36
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he Boston Redevelopment Authority board will vote on the project at this evening’s meeting, seven months after developer Millennium Partners took the reins of the stalled real estate venture that left a crater at the corner of Washington and Franklin streets, an infamous eyesore in the center of the city’s well-traveled shopping district.
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This tower is a great addition to Boston skyline. It's located to the west of the skyline so it will have a huge impact looking from the Watertown area.
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Old May 30th, 2013, 08:47 PM   #39
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I agree. It will even cover the hole in the Downtown Crossing area which really needs it. Good luck, Boston.
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