One Boston Place Building

  • skyscraper
  • international-style
  • MA
  • Boston
One Boston Place Building
  1. About the One Boston Place Building in Boston
    1. Prizes & Awards
  2. Architect and team
  3. Architectural style
  4. Spaces and uses
  5. Structure and materials

The One Boston Place Building is an International Style skyscraper designed by Pietro Belluschi, in association with Emery Roth & Sons, and built between 1967 and 1970 in Boston, MA.

One Boston Place Building is not the only name you might know this building by though. It is common for companies to want to attach their names to iconic buildings when they move in, or for the general public to come up with nicknames, and this one is no exception. The One Boston Place Building is also known, or has been known as, Boston Company Building, or Mellon Bank Building.

Its precise street address is 201 Washington Street, Boston, MA. You can also find it on the map here.

The One Boston Place Building has received multiple architecture awards for its architectural design since . The following is a list of such prizes and awards:

The building has been restored 2 times over the years to ensure its conservation and adaptation to the pass of time. The main restoration works happened in 2020 and 2005.

Building's timeline

Construction begins
Construction completed
years ago
  1. 2020 - The lobby renovation involved creating a new reception area that could double as an event space within the building. The finishes included lacquered woods, integrated lighting, and customized illumination synced with the sunlight schedule.. The architect in charge was Stantec.
  2. 2005 - All the elevators were renovated.

Architect and team

Pietro Belluschi was the architecture firm in charge of the architectural design, in association with Emery Roth & Sons.

Pietro Belluschi was in charge of the architectural design, however, architecture is a complex discipline involving many professionals from different fields, without whom this building would have not been possible. We will surely be leaving out a lot of names here, but here is a list of the people we do know also played their part in making the One Boston Place Building a reality:

  • James Ruderman in charge of Structural Engineering
  • Aberthaw Construction Company as the Main Contractor
  • Cabot, Cabot & Forbes as the Main Developer

Architectural Style

The One Boston Place Building can be categorized as an International Style building.

The international style originated in Europe in the early 20th century, and made its way to the US a couple of decades later when the rise of the Nazi regime forced figures such as Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, or Mies van der Rohe to flee Europe.

The International Style emerged as a response to the prevailing historicism and ornate architecture styles of the late 19th century, which according to a younger generation of architects didn't represent the new materials and construction techniques that were on the rise at the time.

Architecture in the early 20th century US was marked by the adoption of steel structures, modern construction techniques, and the rise of the skyscraper. As it turns out, this combination of circumstances created the perfect ecosystem for the International Style to flourish, becoming the to-go style for skyscraper designs during the mid-20th century, when American cities were growing fast.

The International Style’s legacy can not only be found in numerous iconic buildings across all major American cities, but also incorporated in contemporary architecture, which still puts a big emphasis on functionality and minimalism.

Spaces & Uses

The One Boston Place Building reaches an architectural height of 600ft (183m). It has a total of 41 floors, served by 19 elevators. In total, it has a built-up area of 946,502 sqf (87,933m2) offering 804,440 sqf (74,735m2) of usable space.

In regards to parking space, the building has a total of 146 spots available, which roughly equals 4 spots per floor (above ground), or one parking spot per every 5,511 sqf (512m2) of usable space.

Ever since opening its doors to the public in 1970, the One Boston Place Building has mainly been used as Commercial space.

600ft (183m)

Materials & Structure

The One Boston Place Building uses a trussed tube-in-tube structure , with steel columns and reinforced concrete slabs.

A trussed tube-in-tube structure uses a central core, known as inner tube, which usually holds stairs, lifts and installations, and a perimeter of columns around it, which form the exterior tube. The interior tube is tipically more massive (often made of reinforced concrete), and the exterior tube is "lighter" (made of steel or concrete columns). Both tubes are conencted via horizontal elements which make up the floors and also transmit any horizontal froces from the facade to the core.

The facade of the building is load bearing. This is a direct consequence of the integration of the exterior "tube" into the facade, something which most trussed tube-in-tube buildings do in order to liberate the interior space from structural elements and achieve a more flexible interior.

So the facade of the builing is techinically load-bearing, yes, however, in between the load-bearing colums we find a curtain-wall type of facade, which by itself would not be cosnidered load-bearing.

The fire-resistant steel structure of the building is complemented by concrete slabs on a metal platform and a masonry core

From an aesthetic point of view, the facade features a curtain wall made of dark glass and similarly dark metal frames, with a very characteristic diagonal pattern that is the trussed structure.

The entrance to the building is marked by a large two-level glass facade, with two revolving glass doors with steel frames .