Continuing on my walk and very ambitious itinerary, I found myself on Huntington Avenue by mistake which is behind the Pru, and I couldn't figure out how to actually get to the Pru itself because I wanted to go to the observation deck. A lot of new buildings have gone up in the past 30 years so I couldn't cut through to get back to Boylston Street without back tracking by several blocks.
When I finally found the road through to Boylston Street, I found I overshot the skyscraper and I just didn't feel like heading over there as time was rapidly growing shorter, so I continued on my way.
Finish line of the Boston Marathon which was of course the site of that awful bombing in 2013.
Old South Church, another fave of mine with great architecture. This is on Boylston Street.
Old and new John Hancock Buildings. The 'new' one opened in 1976 and for awhile some of the windows would pop out and crash to Copley Square below.
I worked in the old one at Boston's Hot Hits WZOU, The Zoo, answering the request line, my senior year in college. It's hard to see, but that spire is a weather beacon with it's own little rhyme: "Steady blue, clear view. Flashing blue, clouds due. Steady red, rain ahead. Flashing red, snow instead." Although in the summer flashing red means the Red Sox game was canceled due to bad weather.
Boston Public Library. I never really appreciated this place in the 80s, as it was a place I had to go to do research for classes and papers, and it was always filled with homeless people (esp. in winter) who could be somewhat aggressive. My roommate told me she was in there sitting at a table doing work and a homeless guy sat down right next to her and started eating coffee grounds. She had to cut her visit short. Plus you had to dodge pee puddles on the carpets and the place smelled really bad. You literally ran in and out to get what you needed or hit the microfiche room. I don't know if that's changed at all in 30 years but I hope it has.
Old South Church again. I could shoot this for hours too.
Trinity Church in Copley Square.
The tortoise and the hare in Copley Square.
Sort of looks like Gringotts, but I think it's supposed to be the State House.
Arlington Street Church.
By this point my feet were literally screaming for me to end the torture...but I still had a lot of things to see, and less than an hour to get my bus.