High Spine


High Spine

Boston's High Spine is an architectural planning design that arose in 1961, designed by the Committee of Civic Design, part of the Boston Society of Architects. The basic idea of the High Spine is to create a string of skyscrapers that run from Huntington Avenue to the South End on a path that would not distrupt pre-existing, historical communities and give the city a distinctive skyline that would act as a visual reference for one's location within the city.

Buildings of the High Spine

Two peaks of the High Spine, the John Hancock Tower and the Prudential Center are found in Boston's Back Bay between Massachusetts Avenue and Arlington Street. Others include 111 Huntington Avenue, 500 Boylston Street, The Berkley Building, which are all visible from outside the city.

External links

* [http://www.boston.com/news/globe/living/articles/2006/02/26/bostons_tall_buildings_reflect_an_inspired_idea/ |Boston Globe article on the history of the High Spine]


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