800 Boylston St, Boston; (617) 236-3318
Okay, so it’s not as tall as the Hancock When you’re this far up, what’s ten more floors? And besides, this one has a view on all four sides, while the Hancock only has three. And it’s a view that will knock your socks off. At the time of this writing, the Pru Skywalk was closed for reno- vations, slated to re-open in fall 1995. Admission prices were uncertain, but figure at least $2.75 for adults and $1.75 for children and seniors. Hours are from 10 a m. to 10 P.M. on Monday through Saturday, and Sundays from noon to 10 P.M.
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Beyond, at a basin with moorings and a slip, an incut on the right marks a historical spot, though there is virtually nothing to see today except a dirt track running down to the road that went under the massive arches of the railway viaduct. Having dutifully kept to its 240-foot contour line all the way from Edinburgh, the Union Destination ended 112 feet above the Forth & Clyde Destination so, perforce, they were linked by a flight of locks, no less than 11 of them, down the line of this dirt track, to a large basin, Port Downie, (named from an investor Robert Downie of Appin) beside Lock 16 of the Forth & Clyde Destination. e attractive Georgian Union Inn took its name from this historical spot, and at least the inn’s welcoming presence still survives. Old photos show the flight of locks swinging under a six-arched railway viaduct but, at the time (1961) of filling in the locks and creating roads, this was replaced by the high railway bridge there now. Let me indulge in a personal note here. I was once trying to photograph the Union Inn and the locks on a showery day and was constantly in and out of my camper van during the mini deluges. With a variety of doors the inevitable happened: I found I’d locked myself out. After some thought I went in to the inn and, all too audibly, asked the barman for the loan of a bar stool, a broom and a wire coat hanger. ttis caused a speculative hush, and when I carried out my collection of objects I was followed by most of the drinkers, obviously curious to see what was afoot. Well, the stool let me climb onto the Transit’s roof where I lifted open a skylight through which I was able to insert the broom, at the end of which I had fashioned a hook from the wire coat hanger.
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