Kallman and Associates
750 feet and 52 stories the Prudential was Boston's tallest building for
almost 15 years. The relatively unarticulated (though well labeled) exterior
towered above what was an unheated plaza-based mall, which was open to strong
winds reflected downward by the building. Exaggerated concern for parking
and security prevented street-level access, effectively cutting it off from
the life of Boylston Street. As if to complete this terrible trifecta, in
the 80s its observation deck was devoted to restaurant with a rotating dining
and disco floor.
In the early 90s the Prudential Center was sold and redeveloped by Boston
Properties, and now houses a mall
as upscale and specialized as anything you'd find in Generica. Upstairs
is the very successful Top of the Hub, which is perhaps Boston's
best restaurant view, where you can sit in far more comfortable surroundings,
and have a cool beverage, with the option of dinner and jazz. You may even
see iBoston's webmaster there.