South Station Tower

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South Station Tower
South station tower.jpg
General information
Status On hold
Type Hotel, Office, Residential[1]
Location Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Roof 621 ft (189 m)[2]
Technical details
Floor count 41
Design and construction
Architect César Pelli[2]
Developer Hines Interests LP[2]

South Station Tower is a proposed skyscraper[3] intended for construction in Boston, Massachusetts. The tower by design would rise 621 feet (189 m), with 41 floors and consist of a hotel, condominium units, office space, and a parking structure.[1] It would be built atop Boston's historic South Station complex, an example of "transit-oriented development."[4] The property was developed by Hines Interests and TUDC, a subsidiary of Tufts University.

South Station Tower was planned to break ground in 2008, with completion scheduled to occur in 2010, but the project stalled and has not reached development. Approval has been obtained for a project totaling 2,190,000 square feet (203,000 m2).[5]


Development of the airspace above the southbound tracks has been delayed several times. The building was conceived by Tufts president Jean Mayer, who foresaw an "epicenter of high-profile medical research" in downtown Boston. In 1991, Tufts created a for-profit development subsidiary, TUDC LLC, and acquired the rights to the airspace. Development over the past decade has been complicated by Boston waterfront zoning restrictions, which require pedestrian access to the waterfront. In 1997, TUDC brought on Hines Interests LP as a development partner. It appears unlikely that the university will have a presence in the finished building.[6]

South Station Tower was originally designed with a height of 759 feet (231 m), which included a decorative spire.[1] However, the project was downscaled in 2006.[1]

A report in 2013 suggested that the developer was considering constructing the building for condominiums.[7]


Preliminary design was done by architect Cesar Pelli, whose designs are reminiscent of his Wells Fargo Center in Minneapolis. The structure has been LEED pre-certified "silver" and won the EPA's "Green design" award.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c d "South Station Tower". Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  2. ^ a b c "South Station Tower". Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  3. ^ "City approves 40-story South Station tower". The Boston Globe. 2006-06-28. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  4. ^ Palmer, Thomas C. (2006-06-29). "South Station's mega-makeover". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  5. ^ Boston Redevelopment Authority project listing
  6. ^ Schmidt, Kat (2007-03-16). "Long-awaited South Station tower project progresses". The Tufts Daily. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
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  8. ^ "South Station, Boston, MA". Hines Interests Limited Partnership. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  9. ^ "South Station Tower earns EPA green design award". 2008-05-16. 

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