New England Merchants' Bank Building, Competition

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New England Merchants

South and East Elevations (No. 6)

Drawings   43  browse all »

Preliminary Set
Section Through West Side of Existing Merchants' Bank Bldg. Looking North
Prelim. Ground Floor Plan

Correspondence   2  browse all »


In December 1964, Breuer and his associate Herbert Beckhard submitted competition drawings for a forty-two-story office tower in downtown Boston for the New England Merchant’s Bank. Like many of his other designs for office towers, the building featured an open plan floor plate around a central core containing elevators and bathrooms. The façade consisted of load-bearing modular precast concrete panels raised upon massive, tapering piers supporting a faceted base. A nearly identical, faceted cornice partially concealed the mechanical equipment for the building. Breuer did not win the competition and the tower was never built.