Monday, September 10, 2007
The John Hancock tower was completed in 1976. As of 2007, it is the tallest building in not only Boston, but also the whole of New England. The reflective window pains are tinted blue which means on a clear day, the tower almost blends into the sky. Well, that's how it is now at least! Due to a major design flaw the 500lb windows (measuring 4 ft x 11 ft) would detach from the building and crash to the sidewalk far below. As a result, surrounding streets were often shut down by police whenever winds reached 45 mph. The exact cause of the malfunction was never made public, but the windows were replaced in 1973 so there's no need to worry about walking the surrounding streets now!