Thomas M. James, 1929
The 1929 art deco jewel at 75 Federal St. presented a striking profile against the sky, a skewed stepped mass crowned by a gilded pyramid. It was an example of the willingness of developers to work effectively with the odd-shaped sites of Boston's financial district. But in the late 1980s the Boston Redevelopment Authority permitted the elimination of narrow streets such as Snow Street to create larger parcels. An L-shaped parcel was assembled here to accommodate the tower at 101 Federal St., conceived as three crenelated shafts and joined on the first 11 floors to 75 Federal St., where the original art deco facades are preserved in good condition.
Inside, the original art deco lobby of 75 Federal remains the star. Golden yellow and black marble are coupled with stunning gold and black elevator doors, with elevator control panels and signs lettered in the Broadway Engraved style.