Answered By: Sarah Dickinson
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2016     Views: 70

You can take several approaches to finding material on this building, located in Copley Square in Boston's Back Bay, and designed by the firm I.M.Pei and Partners, with Harry N. Cobb the partner-in-charge.

To locate books in our library, try the following searches in HOLLIS:

  • John Hancock Tower Boston
  •  Pei, I.M
  • Boston architecture--many books on Boston architecture will include a discussion of this significant building.
  • Skyscrapers--again, check the index of books on skyscrapers for mention of this building.

To locate articles, use the terms "Pei and hancock" in the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals. Remember most of the citations will be to articles in print journals in our collection, located on the lower floor of the library.    

Images can be found in searching HOLLIS but also is searching VIA, the Visual Information Access database for Harvard's visual collections.  ARTstor is another wonderful source for digital images.

The local newspaper, the Boston Globe, has published numerous articles on this building over the years. A search in Factiva, a database of news and business sources, can be limited to just those articles in the Boston Globe. Be sure to change the date range to "all dates" from the default of "last three months". Try the terms "hancock tower and pei".

A Harvard ID and PIN will be needed to access these journal, newspaper, and image collections.

You will also find information on this project on the firm's websitely, Pei Cobb Freed and Partners.


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