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|The John Hancock Tower|
|During construction (1972-1976) the form of the John Hancock building was highly contoversial. Designed by world renowned architect I. M. Pei , the Tower was labeled flamboyant, too abstract, or simply just too high-tech. There was major expressed concern that the Tower would overshadow the nineteenth-century masonry Trinity Church and Boston Public Library, also in Copley Square.|
|John Hancock Tower - Reflections
Copyright © Mary Ann Sullivan
| Today, the tallest building in Boston, the 62-story John Hancock Tower is an accepted part of the Boston skyline -- but not before resolution of a major technical problem.
Before this all-glass facade building was even completed, dozens of the windows were already falling to the street below. Then available technology was inadequate to the design requirements. By the time the problem was finally solved, more than 10,000 panes of glass had had to be replaced.
| Today, the smooth curtain of glass reflects nearby buildings with little or no distortion - and it worth noting that Pei used the corrected technique when he subsequently built the similarly controversial Pyramid entrance to the Louvre in Paris.
Sadly, given increased security following 911, the 60th floor observation deck, which had been previously accessible by the public, was permanently closed.
This event is to be held at the John Hancock Hotel and Conference Center - a charming, older building located in the City only steps away from the famous Copley Square in Boston's Back Bay.
|John Hancock Hotel and Conference Center
40 Trinity Place
Boston, MA 02116
Voice: (617) 933-7700
Fax: (617) 933-7709
|The space is elegant but small, enabling us often to be the only scheduled event. Not only, in consequence, do they take care of us well but the layout permits a level of intimacy which serves very well to support the highly interactive approach which defines any ASSETs event.
The total number of overnight rooms in the facility is sixty-five (65). The major percentage of these have been set-aside for this event but you should be aware that these are already filling up quickly.
The room-block is listed under the name Innovation Development Institute or you can say SBIR ASSETs. Either will work.
|All event participants are responsible for all their own expenses. However, the negotiated rate at the John Hancock is $119.00 (plus 14.45% State Tax) - an extrordinarily good rate for Boston in the late Spring.|
The John Hancock guest rooms are not lavish but they are comfortably furnished.
- All rooms have cable TV with HBO, individually controlled heating & air conditioning etc. Hair-dryers and ironing boards are also in each room.
- For those who come in the evening before or stay after, a self-serve Continental breakfast is included in the room rate. For everyone else, we serve you breakfast as part of the event.
- complimentary copies of USA Today available in the Lobby on weekdays.
- For those flying in, the "T" is the tried and true (and cheap) way to get from and to the airport. Take the Shuttle bus from outside the terminal to the Airport T station for the Blue line into Boston. Change at Government Center and take any Geen Line train to Copley Square.
- For those who opt to drive, discounted parking is available in the John Hancock garage.
- By Car from Logan Airport
Follow signs to Sumner Tunnel. After exiting the tunnel take second right onto Rt. 93 north. Exit at Cambridge/Storrow Drive. Follow Storrow Drive signs to Back Bay and exit at Copley Square (a left exit). Turn right at the lights onto Beacon Street. At the second set of lights, turn left onto Clarendon Street. Follow Clarendon St. through (7) sets of lights and look for the Garage @ 100 Clarendon on the right. The cost for overnight parking is $27.00.
By Car from West
Follow the Mass Pike (Rt. 90) East towards Boston and take Exit 22 (Prudential Center/Copley Square). Bear right to Copley Square. This will bring you onto Stuart Street. At the second set of lights, take a right onto Clarendon Street and look for Garage @ 100 Clarendon on the right. The cost for overnight parking is $27.00.
By Car from North/South
Follow Route 93 towards Boston and take Exit 26 (Storrow Drive/Cambridge). Follow signs onto Storrow Drive/Back Bay. Follow Storrow Drive signs to Back Bay and exit at Copley Square (a left exit). Turn right at the lights onto Beacon Street. At the second set of lights, turn left onto Clarendon Street. Follow Clarendon St. through (7) sets of lights and look for the Garage @ 100 Clarendon on the right. The cost for overnight parking is $27.00.
By Subway/Commuter Rail
Back Bay Station
Orange Line or Commuter Rail. Turn right on Dartmouth Street. Make first right onto Stuart Street. Make first right onto Trinity Place. We are on the left.
Green Line. Walk diagonally across Copley Square towards Trinity Church. Walk between Copley Plaza Hotel and John Hancock Tower onto Trinity Place. We are one block down on left.