List of tallest buildings and structures in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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The Cambridge skyline in April 2021.

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 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. Freestanding towers, guyed masts and other not habitable structures are included for comparison purposes; however, they are not ranked.

Rank Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Coordinates Neighborhood Notes Ref.
01.01 MIT SoMa Building 4 SAT 5304 copy.jpg 315 ft (96 m) 29 2020 Area 2/MIT Tallest building in Cambridge since April 2, 2019. [1]
2 Green Building Green Building, MIT, Cambridge MA.jpg 295 ft (90 m) 21 1964 Area 2/MIT Tallest building in Cambridge from 1964 until 2019. Height to tip - 312 ft (95 m) with radar dome. [2][3][4] [5]
3 145 Broadway Akamai headquarters, 145 Broadway - Cambridge, MA - DSC02078.jpg 294 ft (90 m) 19 2018 East Cambridge [6]
4 Boston Marriott Cambridge Marriott Cambridge Center Cambridge MA Jan 2021.jpg 290 ft (88 m) 26 1988 Area 2/MIT Tallest building built in the 1980s. [7]
WJIB radio tower 285 ft (87 m) N/A 1948 Neighborhood Nine Mast radiator for WJIB and supports its FM translator, W267CE. [8]
5 Proto Kendall Square 88 Ames St Proto Cambridge MA 2021.jpg 284 ft (87 m) 22 2018 Area 2/MIT Also known as Ames Street Residences [9]
6 40 Thorndike Street Sullivan Courthouse Cambridge MA January 2021.jpg 282 ft (86 m) 22 1974 East Cambridge Formerly the Sullivan Courthouse. Tallest building built in the 1970s. [10]
7 MIT SoMa Building 5 MIT SOMA Building 5 Cambridge MA Jan 2021.jpg 280 ft (85 m) 18 2020 Houses offices and the MIT Museum Area 2/MIT [11][12]
8 Archstone North Point Avalon North Point Cambridge MA January 2021.jpg 277 ft (84 m) 22 2008 East Cambridge Known as Avalon North Point. [13]
9= Eastgate Student Housing Eastgate, MIT - IMG 8409.JPG 270 ft (82 m)

(est.)

30 1967 Area 2/MIT Highest floor count in Cambridge. [14][better source needed][15][16]
9= 101 Main St 101 Main Street - Cambridge, MA - DSC05630.jpg 270 ft (82 m) 18 1983 East Cambridge [17][18]
11= Rindge Towers I Rindge Towers - March 2015.JPG 269 ft (82 m)

(est.)

22 1970 North Cambridge [19]
11= Rindge Towers II Rindge Towers - March 2015.JPG 269 ft (82 m)

(est.)

22 1970 North Cambridge [20]
11= Rindge Towers III Rindge Towers - March 2015.JPG 269 ft (82 m)

(est.)

22 1970 North Cambridge [21]
14 75 Ames Street (Stanley Building) 75 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.jpg 263 ft (80 m) 15 2014 Area 2/MIT [22]
15= Watermark Kendall West Watermark Kendall West Cambridge MA Jan 2021.jpg 248 ft (76 m)

(est.)

23 2006 Area 2/MIT [23][better source needed][24][25]
15= Tang Residence Hall Tang Residence Hall, MIT - IMG 2960.JPG 248 ft (76 m) 24 1972 Area 2/MIT [26][27]
17 Twenty/20 Twenty20 Cambridge MA January 2021.jpg 237 ft (72 m) 20 2015 East Cambridge [28]
18= Museum Towers 1 Museum Towers Regatta Riverview Cambridge MA January 2021.jpg 234 ft (71 m) 24 1998 East Cambridge [29][30]
18= Museum Towers 2 Museum Towers Regatta Riverview Cambridge MA January 2021.jpg 234 ft (71 m) 24 1998 East Cambridge Also called Regatta Riverview Residences. [31][32]
20 One Broadway 1 Broadway - Cambridge, MA - DSC02088.jpg 230 ft (70 m) 17 1970 East Cambridge [33][34]
21= Peabody Terrace Apartments I Peabody Terrace Apartments - Harvard University - DSC03009.JPG 226.85 ft (69.14 m) 22 1964 Riverside [35][36]
21= Peabody Terrace Apartments II Peabody Terrace Apartments - Harvard University - DSC03009.JPG 226.85 ft (69.14 m) 22 1964 Riverside [35][37]
21= Peabody Terrace Apartments III Peabody Terrace Apartments - Harvard University - DSC03009.JPG 226.85 ft (69.14 m) 22 1964 Riverside [35][38]
24 808 Memorial Drive 808 Memorial Dr Cambridge MA January 2021.jpg 224 ft (68 m) 20 1975 Cambridgeport [39][40]
25= 929 Mass Apartments 929 Mass Ave Cambridge MA Jan 2021.jpg 220.32 ft (67.15 m) 18 1976 Mid-Cambridge [41]
25= Mather House Mather House - Harvard University - DSC03006.JPG 220.32 ft (67.15 m) (est.) 18 1970 Riverside [42]
27 1 Main St 1 Main St Cambridge MA Jan 2021.jpg 210 ft (64 m) 14 1986 East Cambridge [43][44]
28 One Memorial Drive 1 Memorial Dr Cambridge MA Jan 2021.jpg 208 ft (63 m) (est.) 17 1986 Area 2/MIT [45]
29 Market Central Market Central Cambridge MA Jan 2021.jpg 207 ft (63 m) 19 2020 The Port Formerly known as Mass+Main. [46]
30 100 (100 Landsdowne St) 100 Landsdowne Street - Cambridge, MA - DSC07563.jpg 205 ft (62 m) 18 2005 Cambridgeport [47]
31 Frank J. Manning Apartments Manning Apartments Cambridge MA January 2021.jpg 204 ft (62 m) 19 1976 Cambridgeport [48]

Under construction[edit]

Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Coordinates Neighborhood Notes Ref.
MIT SoMa Building 3 MIT SOMA Building 3 Cambridge MA Jan 2021.jpg 238.5 ft (72.7 m) 14 2018 Area 2/MIT [49]
MIT NoMa MIT NOMA Building Construction Cambridge MA Jan 2021.jpg 295 ft (90 m) 25 2018 East Cambridge [50]
325 Main Street 325 Main St Cambridge MA Jan 2021.jpg 288.5 ft (87.9 m) 17 2020 Area 2/MIT Part of MXD II [51]
Parcel I Cambridge Crossing Parcel I construction January 2021.jpg 252 ft (77 m) 21 2020 East Cambridge Height to tip - 270 ft (82 m) [52][53]
Parcel E/F 250 ft (76 m) 21 2020 East Cambridge [1]
Parcel G Cambridge Crossing Parcel G construction January 2021.jpg 220 ft (67 m) 14 2020 East Cambridge [2]

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. In 2015, Leland Cheung of the Cambridge City Council contemplated the maximum rezoning of the area in terms of building heights, and asked if buildings of up to 1,000 feet (305 m) could be considered in the future. A height of 1,000 feet would be over 200 feet taller than the tallest building in the metro-Boston area: the John Hancock Tower.[54][55]

Name Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Coordinates Neighborhood Status Notes Ref.
Volpe Redevelopment MIT 500 ft (150 m) 50 2022 East Cambridge Proposed Would be the tallest building in Massachusetts outside of Boston once completed. [56]
MXD Residential Building South 365 ft (111 m) 34 2020 East Cambridge Proposed [57]
MIT SoMa Building 2 240 ft (73 m) 14 2018 Area 2/MIT Approved [58][59]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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