We have known for more than half a year that 1 Dalton Street, the tallest part of the mega-project in the Christian Science Plaza, would stretch to 699 feet when it's finished. That is a phenomenal height by both contemporary and historical standards—contemporary because it's damned near impossible to build anything taller than 200 feet in Boston these days; and historical because no new building has soared so high since the Hancock was finished in the mid-1970s. Here it comes, though.
Cambridge-based developer Carpenter & Company will formally break ground on the 61-story spire on Wednesday at 6PM. Also in attendance will be execs from the Four Seasons as the tower shall officially be known as the Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street, with both the 211 hotel rooms and 180 condos inside eligible for the same hospitality services. This means that Boston joins a small fraternity of cities with two Four Seasons-branded buildings: London, Shanghai, Singapore, Los Angeles, Cairo, Chicago, Istanbul and some burg called New York. Mayor Marty "53,000 Units and Yesterday" Walsh will be the groundbreaking's guest of honor.
Interestingly enough, 1 Dalton's architect is Harry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed, the same man behind the Hancock's design (Gary Johnson of Cambridge 7 Associates is also working on the tower). Finally, while the tower will trail office giants the Hancock and the Pru in height, 1 Dalton will stand alone among residential buildings as the tallest in Boston, in New England, in fact. Not even mighty Millennium Tower will catch it. Stay tuned.
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