You are here

John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company

-A A +A
1922, Parker, Thomas and Rice. 200 Clarendon St. 1947, Cram and Ferguson. 175 Berkeley St.
  • John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company

The 1922 building, first of three adjacent headquarters of the company, won the Boston Society of Architects' Harleston Parker Prize for its outstanding design. Vestiges of its former elegance survive in the Corinthian pilasters of the lower stories. The attached second headquarters building's limestone tower (to the east), once the tallest building in Boston (aside from the tower of the U.S. Custom House [WF17]), is distinguished by its stepped back facades and crowning truncated pyramid, which bears a color-coded weather beacon: clear blue, clear view; flashing blue, clouds due; steady red, rain ahead; flashing red, snow ahead. Decoration at the entrance and in the auditorium is reminiscent of 1930s Art Deco. Once again the recipient of the BSA's Parker award, the 1947 John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company tower was built years after Ralph Adams Cram's retirement.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Keith N. Morgan

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,