John Hancock and the Pru are about to get a new neighbor: A 60-story, 699-foot tower of ultra high-end condos that will be the city's tallest residential building.
On Tuesday, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced it will manage the hotel and residences in the building, promising to bring a new level of luxury to the Back Bay, Boston's most desirable neighborhood. The $700 million project -- located at 1 Dalton Street, next to the Christian Science Plaza -- will make Boston one of a select group of cities with two Four Seasons hotels. The others include London, Shanghai, Instanbul, Los Angeles, and Chicago; New York is currently building its second Four Seasons.
The 211-room Four Seasons will occupy the first 20 floors of the building, and 180 condominiums will comprise the upper 40. Since the tower is shaped as an equilateral triangle with rounded edges, the hotel rooms and condos will feature wrapping views of the Back Bay skyline, the Fenway, and the Charles River. The new tower will also include the finest amenities the city has to offer, including two restaurants, two lounges, and a health club and spa.
Developer Carpenter & Co. plans to start construction on the new skyscraper by the end of this year. The hotel and residences are expected to be completed in 2017. The luxury building will become Boston's third tallest structure overall, behind the 750-foot Prudential and the 790-foot John Hancock Tower, both office buildings. Hancock Tower architect Henry N. Cobb is designing the new project along with Cambridge 7 Associates.
"This is designed to be a landmark building," said Richard L. Friedman, chief executive of Carpenter & Co. "It's going to be very prominent on the skyline, and it also has a strong connection to the local street grid...We have a simple goal -- the finest design and absolute highest quality for this iconic landmark project."
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The development of the property, formerly owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority last September. It includes the construction of a public park at the base of the building, as well as a 26-story apartment tower on an adjoining parcel to be built by Prtizker Realty Group of Chicago.