The Pru: A Love/Hate Story
Rising 52 floors into the sky, Boston's Prudential Tower stands as a 20th century symbol of... a life insurance company. It anchors the city's skyline, but it is derided as an architectural eyesore. In his new book, architectural historian Elihu Rubin has written the Prudential’s biography. Nearly 50 years-old, "the Pru" is hailed as the skyscraper that turned Boston into a modern city. From the spectacular view from the 52nd floor to the pulsating stream of workers and shoppers who cycle through its revolving doors, there’s no denying that this structure has forever changed Boston's form and function.
Elihu Rubin: author of Insuring the City: The Prudential Center and the Postwar Urban Landscape, assistant professor of architecture and urbanism at Yale. He'll be giving a lecture about Boston's skyscrapers at the Boston Society of Architects tomorrow at 6:30PM.