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UC Berkeley Building Smarter Everyday Robots with Deep Learning
UC Berkeley Building Smarter Everyday Robots with Deep Learning
Published: 2016/12/06
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Building collapse: balcony disintegrates, kills five people in Berkeley, California
Published: 2015/07/15
Channel: News Direct
Intro to Berkeley Building Co. | Idahome and land at Silvercreek Realty Group
Intro to Berkeley Building Co. | Idahome and land at Silvercreek Realty Group
Published: 2017/06/12
Channel: Idahome and Land at Silvercreek Realty Group
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Berkeley attempt to occupy building
Published: 2017/09/25
Channel: Rod Webber
Free Radio Berkeley: Building a Low-Power FM Broadcast Station (Complete)
Free Radio Berkeley: Building a Low-Power FM Broadcast Station (Complete)
Published: 2011/06/24
Channel: GBPPR2
The Claremont by Berkeley Building Co.
The Claremont by Berkeley Building Co.
Published: 2011/04/29
Channel: Berkeley Building Co.
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Berkeley Mills Shop - Custom Mesa Dining Table
Published: 2016/04/07
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The Berkeley by the Ironstone Building Company - Cali at Hyde Park Meadows II
The Berkeley by the Ironstone Building Company - Cali at Hyde Park Meadows II
Published: 2015/10/20
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Smoky Fire Forces Evacuation At Berkeley Apartment Building
Smoky Fire Forces Evacuation At Berkeley Apartment Building
Published: 2017/08/07
Channel: CBS SF Bay Area
Building Nurturing Communities: A Berkeley Story
Building Nurturing Communities: A Berkeley Story
Published: 2012/09/22
Channel: AmeliaBarili
nees@berkeley project highlight: Mitigation of Collapse Risk of Older Concrete Buildings
nees@berkeley project highlight: Mitigation of Collapse Risk of Older Concrete Buildings
Published: 2012/07/31
Channel: PEERvideos
Students occupy UC Berkeley building over 25 percent tuition hike
Students occupy UC Berkeley building over 25 percent tuition hike
Published: 2014/11/21
Channel: RT America
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Berkeley Building Co - Ashby Home Tour
Published: 2010/05/01
Channel: Berkeley Building Co.
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Berkeley Building Co.wmv
Published: 2010/04/30
Channel: Berkeley Building Co.
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Building Oracle Berkeley DB
Published: 2015/04/27
Channel: Oracle Learning Library
University of California Berkeley Campus Video Tour
University of California Berkeley Campus Video Tour
Published: 2016/04/10
Channel: The Campus Quad
Berkeley Building Co - Living Redefined - Website Video
Berkeley Building Co - Living Redefined - Website Video
Published: 2013/08/24
Channel: Berkeley Building Co.
Building collapse: balcony disintegrates, kills five people in Berkeley, California - TomoNews
Building collapse: balcony disintegrates, kills five people in Berkeley, California - TomoNews
Published: 2015/06/17
Channel: TomoNews US
Building and Innovating Together: Shared Services at UC Berkeley
Building and Innovating Together: Shared Services at UC Berkeley
Published: 2012/12/20
Channel: UC Berkeley
The Bancroft by Berkeley Building Co.
The Bancroft by Berkeley Building Co.
Published: 2010/10/08
Channel: Berkeley Building Co.
Fine Arts Building Apartments - Berkeley - Apollo - 2 Bedroom
Fine Arts Building Apartments - Berkeley - Apollo - 2 Bedroom
Published: 2012/08/07
Channel: Equity Residential
The Acacia by Berkeley Building Co.
The Acacia by Berkeley Building Co.
Published: 2011/04/29
Channel: Berkeley Building Co.
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Video of tour of dorm at UC Berkeley on Cal-day 2015
Published: 2015/04/20
Channel: Ann Comey
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Berkeley Black Student Union demand UC Berkeley rename building after cop killer
Published: 2015/03/19
Channel: Adem Aram
UC Berkeley Sudents Occupy Building as Tuition Hike Protests Continue
UC Berkeley Sudents Occupy Building as Tuition Hike Protests Continue
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: KRON 4
The Maybeck by Berkeley Building Co. (Fall Parade 2011)
The Maybeck by Berkeley Building Co. (Fall Parade 2011)
Published: 2011/09/30
Channel: Berkeley Building Co.
Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley
Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: UC Berkeley Events
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Touriel Building Apartments - Berkeley - Orchid - 2 Bedroom
Published: 2012/08/07
Channel: Equity Residential
Building Ideas for New Revenues at UC Berkeley
Building Ideas for New Revenues at UC Berkeley
Published: 2014/03/08
Channel: UCBerkeleyOE
Building Large Scale Machine Learning Applications with Pipelines - Evan Sparks (UC Berkeley AMPLAB)
Building Large Scale Machine Learning Applications with Pipelines - Evan Sparks (UC Berkeley AMPLAB)
Published: 2015/06/26
Channel: Spark Summit
UC Berkeley Undergraduate Admissions
UC Berkeley Undergraduate Admissions
Published: 2008/09/08
Channel: UC Berkeley Events
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Building your profile in @cal, UC Berkeley's alumni network
Published: 2012/08/17
Channel: atUCBerkeley
The Cypress by Berkeley Building Co.
The Cypress by Berkeley Building Co.
Published: 2012/05/02
Channel: Berkeley Building Co.
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Fine Arts Building Apartments - Berkeley - Bodoni - 1 Bedroom
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Channel: Equity Residential
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Published: 2016/05/02
Channel: Berkeley Building Company
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Published: 2009/05/07
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Published: 2010/08/07
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The "Tilden" Model by Berkeley Building Co.
Published: 2013/09/25
Channel: Woodhouse Group Real Estate
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UC Berkeley Dorm Tour Unit 1 Freeborn
Published: 2014/06/23
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Fine Arts Building Apartments - Berkeley - Van Gogh - 2 Bedroom
Published: 2012/08/07
Channel: Equity Residential
Building collapse: balcony disintegrates, kills five people in Berkeley, California - TomoNews
Building collapse: balcony disintegrates, kills five people in Berkeley, California - TomoNews
Published: 2015/06/17
Channel: TomoUSA
3 Lights Design - Building Design Firm, Berkeley, CA
3 Lights Design - Building Design Firm, Berkeley, CA
Published: 2016/09/22
Channel: Kuoh Photography
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Published: 2016/03/07
Channel: Repertoire Productions
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Published: 2008/01/20
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Published: 2015/07/14
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Berkeley Building
John Hancock Tower, 200 Berkeley.jpg
General information
Type Office
Location 200 Berkeley Street, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Coordinates 42°20′59.78″N 71°04′21.55″W / 42.3499389°N 71.0726528°W / 42.3499389; -71.0726528Coordinates: 42°20′59.78″N 71°04′21.55″W / 42.3499389°N 71.0726528°W / 42.3499389; -71.0726528
Completed 1947
Height
Roof 495 ft (151 m)
Technical details
Floor count 26
Design and construction
Architect Cram and Ferguson
Developer Cram and Ferguson

The Berkeley Building (also known as the Old John Hancock Building) is a 26-story, 495-foot (151 m) building located at 200 Berkeley Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is the second of the three John Hancock buildings built in Boston; it was succeeded by the John Hancock Tower. The building is known for the weather beacon at its summit, which broadcasts light patterns as weather forecasts. The Berkeley Building is the 19th-tallest building in the city. It was designated as a Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission in 1985.

History[edit]

The building, located in Boston's Back Bay, was designed by Cram and Ferguson and completed in 1947. From 1947 until 1964 it was the second-tallest building in the city, one foot (30 cm) shorter than the 496-foot (151 m) Custom House Tower, but a much larger building and a conspicuous landmark. The Prudential Tower, completed in 1964, dwarfed both. As of 2004, 17 buildings are taller, yet it remains a handsome and easily recognized Boston landmark, familiar to commuters crossing the Charles River. A drawing of this building served as a logo for the John Hancock Insurance company for many years.

In March 2003, the John Hancock Insurance company sold the Berkeley Building, along with the Stephen L. Brown building and the John Hancock Tower, to Beacon Capital Partners. In December 2006, the Berkeley and Brown buildings were reacquired by John Hancock. As of 2004 the John Hancock company refers to it as "The Berkeley Building," but in common parlance it is "the Old John Hancock Building."

Design and features[edit]

Back Bay Events Center[edit]

It is also the home of the Back Bay Events Center: this two-part structure is the John Hancock Hall proper and the Dorothy Quincy Suite (a single room, capacity of approximately 900.) The Hall also contains a full box office and an 1100-seat auditorium. This is the annual site of the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild One-Act Festival's State Finals.

Weather beacon[edit]

It is topped by a weather beacon with red and blue lights, which use a code to present the local weather forecast,[1][2] using a popular rhyme as a mnemonic:

Steady blue, clear view.
Flashing blue, clouds due.
Steady red, rain ahead.
Flashing red, snow instead.[3]

During baseball season, flashing red means the Boston Red Sox game has been called off on account of weather.

The beacon was first lit on March 15, 1950 and was controlled using forecasts from a meteorological agency located on the 26th floor. It was kept lit until 1973 when it was shut off to set an example during an energy crisis which also temporarily shut off the famed Citgo sign in Kenmore Square. The beacon was re-lit in 1983 and has continued to display the weather forecast ever since.

In October 2004, the beacon flashed red and blue to commemorate the World Series victory of the Boston Red Sox. This was the first time the color scheme changed since the beacon was lit in 1950. A new line was added to the poem accordingly:

Flashing Blue and Red, when The Curse of the Bambino is dead!

The beacon again flashed red and blue when the Red Sox won the 2007 World Series, as well as when they won the 2013 World Series.

Gallery[edit]

Though dwarfed by other buildings, the "old John Hancock" remains a conspicuous and recognizable element of the Boston skyline

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Berkeley Weather Beacon". 
  2. ^ Adrianna Borgia (January 2010). "Exhibit B : Landmark : The Berkeley Beacon". Boston Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-02-29. 
  3. ^ John Hancock Building Weather Light, WardMaps LLC.

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