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John Hancock Tower, Boston

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Observation Deck · Architectural Building
200 Clarendon Street, previously John Hancock Tower and colloquially known as The Hancock, is a 62-story, 790-foot (240 m) skyscraper in Boston. The tower was designed by Henry N. Cobb of the firm I. M. Pei & Partners and was completed in 1976.
The building is widely known for its prominent structural flaws, including an analysis that the entire building could overturn under a certain wind loads — as well as a prominent design failure of its signature blue windows, which allowed any of the 500lb windows to detach and fall — up to the full height of the building — endangering pedestrians below.

In 1977, the American Institute of Architects presented the firm with a National Honor Award for the building, and in 2011 conferred on it the Twenty-five Year Award. It has been the tallest building in Boston and New England since 1976.

The street address is 200 Clarendon Street, but occupants use both "Hancock Place" and "200 Clarendon Street" as mailing addresses for offices in the building. John Hancock Insurance was the primary tenant of the building at opening, but the company announced in 2004 that some offices would relocate to a new building at 601 Congress Street, in Fort Point, Boston.

The tower was originally named for the insurance company that occupied it. The insurance company, in turn, was named for John Hancock, whose large and conspicuous signature on the Declaration of Independence made his name so famous in the United States that a colloquialism for a signature is "a John Hancock".
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  • The elevator to the 95th floor is quick. The staff is nice, great view, great place to get a drink. Must get a pic in the ladies bathroom  more »

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