February 11, 2016

Back Bay Buildings

I started working in the back bay Boston back in September 2011. The area has changed a lot since then. Here is a picture that I took from the 16th floor of the Christian Science Center administration building.

Back Bay2011

Here's the same picture today from the 14th floor:

Back Bay2015

Some of the notable differences between the two photos:

  • We can no longer see the landmark Citgo sign because of the 24 story Berkley building at 168 Massachusetts Ave. Construction started in late 2011 and was completed by the fall semester in 2013. Many maps showed that a McDonalds was at this location. The property was owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist.
  • The parking lot on Belvedere Street is gone. Replaced by "30 Dalton Street." This new 26-story residential tower located near the Christian Science Center Plaza in Boston will feature 218 luxury rental units, below grade parking for up to 21 cars, and a ground floor retail space facing Belvidere Street. New residences will be able to move in this summer.
  • The small park in front of the parking lot is also gone. This is the site of "One Dalton Street", the 699-foot tower that will become Boston's tallest residential building.
  • According to the "One Dalton Street" construction schedule, I won't be able to see the "30 Dalton Street." building by labor day this year.

I wasn't able to take a picture from the same spot since our company expanded to other floors in the building.

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