High Spine

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Boston's High Spine is an architectural planning design that arose in 1961, designed by the Committee of Civic Design, part of the Boston Society of Architects. The basic idea of the High Spine is to create a string of skyscrapers that runs from Huntington Avenue to the South End on a path that would not disrupt pre-existing, historical communities and give the city a distinctive skyline that would act as a visual reference for one's location within the city.

Buildings of the High Spine[edit]

Two peaks of the High Spine, the John Hancock Tower and the Prudential Tower are found in Boston's Back Bay between Massachusetts Avenue and Arlington Street. Others include 111 Huntington Avenue, 500 Boylston Street and the Berkeley Building, which are all visible from outside the city.

The other peaks of the High Spine are found in the Financial District.[further explanation needed]

Aerial view of the "High Spine" of skyscrapers in the Back Bay, including the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower (Click for high-resolution image)