To reduce the movement, contractors installed a tuned mass damper on the 58th floor. John Hancock Center Chicago : Skyscraper Building. Cobb, an architect who designed the tallest building in … To unlock this feature,  [7], There were problems with the innovative use of blue reflective glass in a steel tower: entire 4′ × 11′, 500-lb (1.2 × 3.4 m, 227 kg) windowpanes detached from the building and crashed to the sidewalk hundreds of feet below. Landscape architect Laurie Olin, who worked with Cobb on several projects, called him “an architect’s architect.” “He was a great collaborator. Associated Press/File Henry Cobb may be the most accomplished Boston-born modern architect. Huge panels of glass, The tower was originally named for the insurance company that occupied it. The tower was designed by Henry N. Cobb of the firm I. M. Pei & Partners and was completed in 1976.[2]. The effect is like that of a gyroscope, stabilizing the tower. Architizer is how architects find building products. The most celebrated building of Cobb's 70-year career was the 800-foot-tall glass skyscraper now called 200 Clarendon but still widely known as the John Hancock Tower in Boston. Scope and Contents note From the Collection: Collection of color slides of buildings, events and scenes in Boston donated to the City Archives by photographer Peter Dreyer. Contact us at John Hancock Center, Chicago Tower Building, Architect, Project, Height, Skyscraper Design, Date. Boston Architecture - Trinity Church and The John Hancock Tower is a photograph by Joann Vitali which was uploaded on May 7th, 2016. The story of his best-known building, Boston’s John Hancock Tower (now 200 Clarendon), follows a dramatic arc from the controversies of its public review and construction to … 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. John Hancock Tower: The Latest Architecture and News. It was known as "The John Hancock Life Insurance Company" in the 1930s and "The John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company" in the 1940s. [8][7] Approximately 5,000 of the original glass panes were removed intact, and were later offered for re-use by artists.[9]. ", This page was last edited on 18 October 2020, at 07:47. Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Dies at 93. Architectural Record June 1977: 117. The building was a much-anticipated landmark designed by a well-respected architect, but was known in the 1970s for its engineering flaws as well as for its architectural achievement. [13] On March 30, 2009, Hancock Place was sold at auction for $660 million ($20 million was new equity and the $640 million of in-place debt was assumed by the buyer)[14] to a consortium of Normandy Real Estate Partners and Five Mile Capital Partners. The tower was designed by the locally well-respected architecture I.M. 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".[4]. Print. ''When you look at the old John Hancock [building] or Trinity Church reflected in the glass of the tower,'' says Alan Leventhal, Beacon's chairman The building's owners cite security as the reason for the continued closure. The cost of the damper was $3 million. It was an embarrassment for the firm, for modernist architects, and for the architecture industry. As of 2000, the company owning the buildings was "John Hancock Financial Services, Inc." with various subsidiaries such as "The John Hancock Variable Life Insurance Company" and "Signator Investors, Inc." In 2003, Manulife Financial Corporation of Toronto acquired the company, but it still uses the name "John Hancock Financial Services, Inc." and those of various subsidiaries. The company that built the Hancock Tower and two earlier, similarly-named buildings is known loosely as "John Hancock Insurance", or simply "John Hancock". 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.