Travelers and locals alike recognize Boston’s glass-faced, skyhigh John Hancock Tower, now technically named 200 Clarendon. Across the street, its sister building known as the Old John Hancock is more diminutive in size but no less legendary. In fact, locals look to it for weather predictions—yep, you read that right. Its spire lights up in various patterns and colors depending on the forecast. If you know the poem, “Steady blue, clear view. Flashing blue, clouds due. Steady red, rain ahead. Flashing red, snow instead,” you know whether or not to carry an umbrella.
Old John Hancock building and its spire