You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

From the Archives

From Globe archives: The Prudential building

Joseph Runci/Globe Staff photo

Part of a revitalization drive for the Back Bay neighborhood, the Prudential building replaced Mechanics Hall and its popular 8,000-person auditorium on Huntington Avenue as well as much of the Boston and

Albany railroad yard. A reviled eyesore for some today, others appreciate that the Pru houses the popular Top of the Hub restaurant and maintains its public observation deck. The John Hancock Tower closed its
observation deck after 9/11. Builders broke ground in July 1962 and opened the doors to the 52-story Prudential tower, with its half-million square feet of office space, in 1965. Upon completion, it was the tallest building in the world outside of New York. Today it isn’t even among the 50 tallest buildings in the country.

Continue reading below

In this undated photo, a lunchtime crowd watches construction activity at the Prudential site.


For more “From the Archives” photos, visit
Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of