John Hancock Tower - update

Member Rating 1 out of 5 by Foxboro Marmot on July 24, 2003

Many guide books and even entries on Igougo mention the observatory atop Boston's John Hancock Tower. Unfortunately, the tower has been closed to visitors since 9/11/01 and will not reopen.

Rumor around town is that top executives at Hancock have long coveted the space for their own use and didn't believe that enough sightseeing dollars were coming in to continue its use as a tourist attraction. Vague "security concerns" in the wake of 9/11 allowed Hancock to shut the observatory down and convert the space into an executive dining and reception area. There are no plans to reopen the observatory to the public. That leaves the nearby Prudential Center as the highest viewpoint in Boston.

Hancock Tower
200 Clarendon Street
Boston, Massachusetts

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