Federal Reserve Bank Building (Boston)

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Federal Reserve Bank Building
General information
Type Office
Location 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates 42°21′08.55″N 71°03′14.82″W / 42.3523750°N 71.0541167°W / 42.3523750; -71.0541167Coordinates: 42°21′08.55″N 71°03′14.82″W / 42.3523750°N 71.0541167°W / 42.3523750; -71.0541167
Construction started 1969
Completed 1977
Roof 614 ft (187 m)
Technical details
Floor count 32
Design and construction
Architect The Stubbin Associates
Developer The Federal Reserve Board

The Federal Reserve Bank Building is Boston's fifth tallest building. Located at Dewey Square, on the convergence of Fort Point and the Financial District neighborhoods. In close proximity to the Boston Harbor, the Fort Point Channel and major intermodal South Station terminal, the building is marked by a distinctive opening near ground level which allows sea breezes to pass through.


Built to replace the 1922 building which now houses the Langham Hotel Boston[1], the building was completed in 1977 and is 614 feet (187 m) tall with 32 floors. It was designed by Hugh Stubbins Jr. of The Stubbins Associates, Inc. and was reportedly one of his favorite buildings.[2] For over sixty years Reserve Banks had been fortress-like in their design; the new Boston Bank was quite a contrast.[3] It sometimes referred to as "the washboard" building[4] or "Venetian Blind" building[5]

Design and features[edit]

Architectural details[edit]

The main features are a two-tower with a glass front and aluminum-sheathed sides.[6]

From the Bank's website The office tower linked to a four-story wing was erected between December 1972 and November 1974. The architects designed the tower office floors that rise from a 140-foot bridge "suspended" in the air between two end cores. A 600 ton major steel structure truss marks the beginning of the tower's "office in the air." The exterior is natural anodized aluminum, which acts as a curtain wall and weatherproof facing. The aluminum spandrels shade the building interior from the sun in the summertime and allow more sunlight in the winter months.[7]

It features an auditorium that is named for Frank E. Morris. Morris was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston from 1968 to 1988. It was designed to meet the Bank’s needs and is also available to the community, offering lunchtime concerts as well.[3]

Gardens are incorporated above street level.[3]

The computer room was the first to house a Fedwire communications switch.[3]

List of tenants[edit]

The Federal Reserve building from street level.
  • Aspen Specialty Insurance Co.
  • Cavan Group, The
  • Collora LLP
  • ConnectEDU
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Italy Italy (Consul General) - 17th Floor[8]
  • Japan Japan (Consul General) - 22nd Floor[9]
  • Craig & Macauley P.C.
  • Dalbar Inc.
  • Harvard Management Company
  • Kforce
  • Kyruus, Inc.
  • Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
  • Middleton & Company, Inc.
  • Peabody & Arnold LLP
  • Wolf, Greenfield P.C.
  • 600 Atlantic Federal Credit Union


  • 2010 — United States Green Building Council (USGBC), prestigious "LEED-EB Gold designation."[10] "LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance"[11] is a rating system that recognizes buildings with superior operational efficiency and minimal environmental impact.
  • 2009 — The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Boston, "The Office Building of the Year" (TOBY).[12]
  • 2010, 2008 — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "ENERGY STAR Award."[13]
  • 1979 — The American Institute of Architects New England Regional Council, "AIA Award for Excellence in Architecture."[14]


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