Prudential Center Area

A new scale was introduced into the Back Bay in the early 1960s with the construction of the Prudential Center, built over the expansive old railroad yards and the new Mass Turnpike as one of Boston’s early and controversial urban renewal projects. It was one of the first expressions of urban designer David Crane’s later “capital web” concept, which focused new high-density development along a spine while retaining the historic infill.

The scheme is continuing to fill out, with a spine of high-rise construction now extending from the Fenway to the North End. New projects around the Christian Science Plaza include a residential building similar in height to the Pru and Hancock towers.