City and Corporation

John Hynes, mayor of Boston (left), and Carrol Shanks, president of Prudential, joined together in 1957 for Prudential’s announcement of its intention to construct the Prudential Center on the site of Boston’s Back Bay rail yard.  Behind them is a large, color rendering of the ambitious proposal.  The final version would look quite different and the site has since been dramatically altered with an aggressive building program.

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