Breaking new ground: When Boston built the Prudential Center

It’s been 50 years since the iconic Boston building opened in April of 1965. The project took years—and millions of dollars—to complete.

Where once there was marsh and train tracks, there is now the iconic Prudential tower.

The Prudential Center project stopped and started for decades before it came to fruition, according to news reporting from the time. Groundbreaking began in 1959, but construction did not get into full swing again until 1962. Planning began years earlier, in 1953, to convert an area that was an “eye-sore’’ into the 52-story tower, the 29-story Sheraton-Boston hotel, and the Boston Auditorium.

The $150 million project brought Boston’s skyline to new heights and introduced the concept of mixed-use development into New England.

Here’s a look the project that more than 25,000 people crowded to see when it opened in April 1965.

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