List of tallest buildings and structures in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County in eastern Massachusetts, United States. Located on the northern shore of the Charles River, it is also a major suburb of Boston, the state capitol and regional financial center. It has a population of 105,000 (2010) and a growing number of high-rise buildings.

Tallest buildings and other structures[edit]

This list ranks Cambridge buildings that stand at least 200 feet (61 m) tall, based on height measurement criteria established by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) and Emporis.com. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts, roof top signs, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. An equals sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed.

Rank Name Image Height
ft / m
Floors Built Neighborhood Notes
1 MIT Site 4
SOMA Site 4.jpg
314 ft (96 m) 29 2019 (in progress) SOMA/MIT Has been the tallest building in Cambridge since April 2, 2019 when the team placed the Penthouse North slab.
2 Green Building (MIT) Green Building, MIT, Cambridge MA.jpg 295 ft (90 m) 21 1964 Area 2/MIT Has been the tallest building in Cambridge since 1964.[1][2][3] Height to tip - 312 ft (95 m) with radar dome.[4]
3 Boston Marriott Cambridge Marriott, Cambridge MA (897260281).jpg 290 ft (88 m) 26 1988 Area 2/MIT Tallest building built in the 1980s.[5]
4 WJIB radio tower 285 ft (87 m) N/A 1948 Neighborhood Nine Mast radiator for WJIB and supports its FM translator, W267CE [6]
5 Proto 284 ft (87 m) 22 2018 Area 2/MIT Also known as Ames Street Residences[7]
6 40 Thorndike Street Middlesex Superior Court.jpg 282 ft (86 m) 22 1974 East Cambridge Formerly the Sullivan Courthouse. Tallest building built in the 1970s.[8]
7 Archstone North Point 277 ft (84 m) 22 2008 East Cambridge Known as Avalon North Point.[9]
8= Eastgate Student Housing Eastgate, MIT - IMG 8409.JPG 270 ft (82 m)

(est.)

30 1967 Area 2/MIT Highest floor count in Cambridge.[10][better source needed][11][12]
8= Riverfront Office Park I 270 ft (82 m) 18 1983 East Cambridge [13][14]
10= Fresh Pond Apartments I Rindge Towers - March 2015.JPG 269 ft (82 m)

(est.)

22 1970 North Cambridge Formerly known as Rindge Towers.[15]
10= Fresh Pond Apartments II Rindge Towers - March 2015.JPG 269 ft (82 m)

(est.)

22 1970 North Cambridge Formerly known as Rindge Towers.[16]
10= Fresh Pond Apartments III Rindge Towers - March 2015.JPG 269 ft (82 m)

(est.)

22 1970 North Cambridge Formerly known as Rindge Towers.[17]
13 75 Ames Street (7 Cambridge Center) 75 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.jpg 263 ft (80 m) 12 2014 Area 2/MIT [18]
14= Watermark Kendall West 248 ft (76 m)

(est.)

23 2006 Area 2/MIT [19][better source needed][20][21]
14= Tang Residence Hall Tang Residence Hall, MIT - IMG 2960.JPG 248 ft (76 m) 24 1972 Area 2/MIT [22][23]
16 Twenty/20 237 ft (72 m) 20 2015 East Cambridge [24]
17= Museum Towers 1 234 ft (71 m) 24 1998 East Cambridge [25][26]
17= Museum Towers 2 234 ft (71 m) 24 1998 East Cambridge Also called Regatta Riverview Residences[27][28]
19 One Broadway 230 ft (70 m) 17 1970 Area 2/MIT [29][30]
20= Peabody Terrace Apartments I Peabody Terrace Apartments - Harvard University - DSC03009.JPG 226.85 ft (69.14 m) 22 1964 Riverside [31][32]
20= Peabody Terrace Apartments II Peabody Terrace Apartments - Harvard University - DSC03009.JPG 226.85 ft (69.14 m) 22 1964 Riverside [31][33]
20= Peabody Terrace Apartments III Peabody Terrace Apartments - Harvard University - DSC03009.JPG 226.85 ft (69.14 m) 22 1964 Riverside [31][34]
23 808 Memorial Drive Beacon Park Yard aerial.JPG 224 ft (68 m) 20 1975 Cambridgeport [35][36]
24 929 House Apartments 220.32 ft (67.15 m) 18 1976 Mid-Cambridge [37]
25 Riverfront Office Park II 210 ft (64 m) 14 1986 East Cambridge [38][39]
26 100 [University Park] 205 ft (62 m) 18 2005 Cambridgeport [40]
27 Frank J. Manning Apartments 204 ft (62 m) 19 1976 East Cambridge Height to tip - 207 ft (63 m) with elevator house ladder[41]

Under construction[edit]

Rank Name Image Height
ft / m
Floors Year Status Notes
1 MIT SoMa#4 342 ft (104 m) 29 2018 Frame assembly Once completed, this will be the tallest building in Cambridge, and the first exceeding 100 meters per overall height.[42]
2 145 Broadway 294 ft (90 m) 19 2018 Topped off [43]
3 MIT SoMa#5 280 ft (85 m) 18 2018 Foundation work [44][45]
4 MIT SoMa#3 238.5 ft (72.7 m) 14 2018 Frame assembly [46]
5 Central Market 207 ft (63 m) 19 2018 Topped off Formerly known as Mass+Main[47]

Tallest approved or proposed[edit]

This section lists high-rise buildings that are approved or proposed in Cambridge and planned to be at least 200 feet (61 m) tall, but are not yet under construction.

Rank Name Image Height
ft / m
Floors Year Status Notes
1 Volpe Redevelopment MIT 500 ft (150 m) 50 2022 Proposed Will be the tallest building in the city once completed.[48]
2 MXD Residential Building South 365 ft (111 m) 34 2020 Proposed [49]
3 MIT NoMa 295 ft (90 m) 25 2018 Approved Site preparation underway.[50]
4 325 Main Street 272.75 ft (83.13 m) 18 2020 Proposed Part of MXD II[51]
5 Parcel I 252 ft (77 m) 21 2020 Proposed Height to tip - 270 ft (82 m) [52][53]
6 Parcel G 243 ft (74 m) 14 2020 Proposed [54][55]
7 MIT SoMa#2 240 ft (73 m) 14 2018 Approved [56][57]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Coordinates: 42°21′37.4″N 71°5′21.6″W / 42.360389°N 71.089333°W / 42.360389; -71.089333