Boston’s Tallest New Skyscraper Breaks Ground

At 61 stories and 699 feet, One Dalton Street is set to be the tallest building constructed in New England in decades.

A rendering of One Dalton Street. Photo: PEI COBB FREED/CAMBRIDGE 7 ASSOCIATES

Lights beamed from the Back Bay last night in celebration of the groundbreaking of a new neighbor for the Pru and the Hancock Tower—the much-anticipated Four Seasons Hotel & Four Seasons Private Residences at One Dalton Street. The triangular tower will be built on land at the edge of the Christian Science Plaza. At 61 stories and 699 feet, it’s set to be the tallest building constructed in New England since the early 1970s, and the third tallest on the Boston skyline.

Developed by Carpenter & Company, Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed, known for his design of the John Hancock Tower, and Gary Johnson of Cambridge 7 Associates are the lead designers behind the $750 million project.

On the lower 23 floors, the new Four Seasons Hotel will include 211 luxury rooms, two restaurants, two lounges, and a health club and spa. With that, Boston will join an exclusive list of cities—including London, Shanghai, Singapore, Los Angeles, Chicago and Istanbul—that are home to more than one Four Seasons hotel.

Accessible through a separate entrance, floors 25-61 will include 180 private residences with unobstructed views in all directions. Residences will feature 11-foot ceilings, bay windows, concierge and doorman services, and a private restaurant club on the 50th floor. Campion & Company will serve as the sales agent for the private residences, with pricing set to be announced this spring.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh called One Dalton Street a signature project for Boston—not only will it be the tallest building in decades, but it redefines high-end residential living and will have a positive impact on the economy, with 1,500 construction jobs, 450 permanent jobs, and increased tax revenue to the city.

The general contractor for the project is Suffolk Construction Company, and construction is expected to last two-and-a-half years.

An aerial view of the project, with One Dalton Street at the edge of the Christian Science Plaza. Photo: PEI COBB FREED/CAMBRIDGE 7 ASSOCIATES


A rendering of the entrance. Photo: PEI COBB FREED/CAMBRIDGE 7 ASSOCIATES


Scenes from the groundbreaking, with Richard L. Friedman, President and CEO of Carpenter & Company, announcing plans. / Photo by Olivia Rassow


The future Boston skyline, with One Dalton Street on the far right. Photo: PEI COBB FREED/CAMBRIDGE 7 ASSOCIATES

The future skyline of Boston, with One Dalton Street on the far right. Photo: PEI COBB FREED/CAMBRIDGE 7 ASSOCIATES

  • Lawrence

    I am glad to know that a local designers were involved. I am wondering how much tax payers money is going to be involved. Let’s not forget the scandal from the Liberty Mutual building.


    The $300 million tower was built with millions in public aid, including
    investment tax credits potentially worth $22.5 million from the state
    and $24 million in property tax breaks from the city. Those subsidies
    came as Liberty Mutual revealed it had paid its former chief executive,
    Edmund F. “Ted” Kelly, $50 million a year, making him among the most
    highly paid corporate bosses in the country.


    If this garish new tower “redefines high-end residential living” in Boston it won’t be for the better. One can easily look to the Millennium Tower, the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, the W Residences and The Clarendon—among myriad others—to realize that these new “luxury” residential towers owe their success not to superlative craftsmanship, quality of materials or design but to aggressive marketing campaigns. Big-box granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood floors? How luxurious!

  • Amal Thaon

    How charmingly uniconic. Another bit of Los Angeles in Boston; but it fits Luckman’s truly ugly Hancock tower — which, btw, needs a whole new cladding job.

  • James

    The Manhattanization of Boston continues.

  • Jim Marshall Twiss

    couldn’t they at least put a party hat on its top?

  • Scott Allen

    Looks Ugly – and from a distance – it seems like it will just be a large shiny shaft. How Iconic ? At least the Handcock and the Prudential have character.