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Old 07-14-2015, 11:53 PM   #1
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Marriott Custom House Tower 100 Years Old!

I think it is amazing that the Custom House Tower-which is 496' Tall, and built in 1915-still reigns as one of Boston's tallest structures. Boston's John Hancock Tower-at 790' tall-rises only 294' higher than the Custom House Tower. Seems amazing we have only reached that 790' plateau to this day-100 years later-especially considering we had the tallest building outside of NYC for many years. (Prudential Tower/1965) (?)
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:34 AM   #2
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Re: Marriott Custom House Tower 100 Years Old!

Very interesting. Did you know:
  • Park Street Church was the tallest building in the United States from 1810 (when it was built) until 1846 (when Trinity Church in NYC was built).
  • Park Street Church was the tallest building in the United States outside of NYC until 1856 when the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philly was built.
  • The Pru was the tallest building in the United States outside of NYC until from 1964 (when it was built) until 1969 (when Chicago's John Hancock Center was built).
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:45 AM   #3
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Re: Marriott Custom House Tower 100 Years Old!

Didn't the Ames Building hold some sort of tallest title for a while? 'Tallest masonry bearing building' or some such?
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Old 07-15-2015, 12:21 PM   #4
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Sounds right, but I don't remember the facts exactly. It was certainly the first tall building in the city that wasn't a church steeple.
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