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Old 05-20-2013, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Essex County, MA
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(Is it possible for someone to add a poll?)

Which city has the best John Hancock Tower?

On one hand Boston's is probably more sleek/elegant. It is also relatively stand-alone. It's the tallest building in the city, and it is perhaps one of only two good-looking skyscrapers in Boston, so it looks good in comparison to the bland or small buildings around it. If it wasn't the first, then it must've been one of the first World Trade Center/Comcast Center-esq covered-in-glass towers, and it's been the tallest in the city since it was built in 1976. I think it was designed by the same man who designed the US Bank Tower in LA, and the same firm that did the glass pyramid in Paris. On the other hand it's pretty boxy, flat, boring, etc.

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John Hancock Tower by David Jones, on Flickr

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John Hancock Tower at sunrise by afagen, on Flickr

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John Hancock Tower, Boston by SkylineScenes (Bill Cobb), on Flickr

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Boston, MA: John Hancock Tower by pobrecito33, on Flickr

In the other corner is the Chicago John Hancock. It's taller and much more massive than the Boston one. It is black, with two large spires, and therefore I think it's much more imposing that the Boston JHT. It's the older of the two buildings, built in 1969. It was designed by the same person that designed the Sears Tower (or Willis Tower, or whatever it is). According to Wikipedia, it was the tallest building outside of New York in 1968.

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The John Hancock Center, Chicago, reaching for the sky. by ekay49, on Flickr

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John Hancock Center, Chicago by hanneorla, on Flickr

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Chicago Skyline, John Hancock Center in the middle by hanneorla, on Flickr

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John Hancock Center viewed from Lake Michigan, Chicago by Jutiar, on Flickr

Which do you like better?

Last edited by JMT; 05-20-2013 at 08:06 PM.. Reason: Please follow the rules for posting images.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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On the exterior, the one in Boston is fairly sleek and I like it maybe a little more than the one here in Chicago. However, the cocktail lounge/restaurant on the 95th and 96th floors in Chicago have some absolutely spectacular views. Much better views than the Sears Tower as well. You'll be hard pressed to find a restaurant/lounge within a skyscraper with a better view than that in the US.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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Boston. The Chicago one looks too fierce
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Boston's seems nicer, but Chicago's is just so.... Chicago... like it screams Chicago to me. Everything I love about it - the polished urban grit, the dark hues, the straight lines. It's so orderly and so elegant and there's just so much personality there. There's no other city that building could be in. Even more than the Sears Tower, the Hancock building is Chicago for me.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:27 PM
 
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I like shinier buildings so I prefer the Boston one.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:06 PM
 
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Chicago's all day.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Chicago's. Boston's just looks like a ton of other buildings out there.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I prefer Chicago's
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:28 PM
 
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Chicago's John Hancock building is one of my top 5 favorite skyscrapers.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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Chicago any day of the week. The Hancock Tower in Chicago is original and unique looking, plus it has almost 400 feet on the one in Boston.
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