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Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

General Information

Beginning of works: 1969
Completion: 1977
Status: in use

Project Type

Function / usage: Office building


Location: , , ,
Address: 600 Atlantic Avenue
Coordinates: 42° 21' 10" N    71° 3' 14" W
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Technical Information


height 187 m
number of floors (above ground) 32

Excerpt from Wikipedia

The Federal Reserve Bank Building is Boston's fifth tallest building. Located at Dewey Square, on the convergence of Fort Point and the Financial District neighborhoods. In close proximity to the Boston Harbor, the Fort Point Channel and major intermodal South Station terminal, the building is marked by a distinctive opening near ground level which allows sea breezes to pass through.


Built for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to replace the 1922 building which now houses the Langham Hotel Boston, the building was completed in 1977 and is 614 feet (187 m) tall with 32 floors. It was designed by Hugh Stubbins Jr. of The Stubbins Associates, Inc. and was reportedly one of his favorite buildings. The design stood in contrast to that of the other Reserve Banks, which resembled fortresses. It sometimes referred to as "the washboard" building or "Venetian Blind" building

Design and features

The building consists of an office tower and a four-story wing, built between December 1972 and November 1974. The office tower has a glass front and an anodized aluminum exterior, with office floors that rise from a 140-foot bridge and a 600-ton steel truss.

It features an auditorium that is named for Frank E. Morris, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston from 1968 to 1988. It was designed to meet the Bank's needs and is also available to the community, offering lunchtime concerts as well.

Gardens are incorporated above street level.


  • 2010 — United States Green Building Council (USGBC), prestigious "LEED-EB Gold designation." "LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance" is a rating system that recognizes buildings with superior operational efficiency and minimal environmental impact.
  • 2009 — The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Boston, "The Office Building of the Year" (TOBY).
  • 2010, 2008 — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "ENERGY STAR Award."
  • 1979 — The American Institute of Architects New England Regional Council, "AIA Award for Excellence in Architecture."

Text imported from Wikipedia article "Federal Reserve Bank Building (Boston)" and modified on 03 June 2020 according to the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.


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