Hynes Convention Center

John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center

Hynes Convention Center, from Boylston Street.
Address 900 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
United States
Coordinates 42°20′51″N 71°5′3″W / 42.34750°N 71.08417°W / 42.34750; -71.08417
Owner Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
Operator MCCA
Built 1988
Enclosed space
Website www.massconvention.com/jhcc.html

The John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center located in Boston was built in 1988 from a design by architects Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood. It replaced the John B. Hynes Memorial Auditorium, also a convention center, built in 1963 during the Massachusetts Turnpike expansion from Route 128 to the Central Artery, which was regarded as "ungainly". The 1988 design "attempted to relate in scale and materials to its Back Bay setting, adopting granite and setbacks... The severe gray interior is reminiscent of an early 20th-century German railroad station".[1] The Center is named after former Boston mayor John Hynes.

Function as meeting space

Physical characteristics

The building has 193,000 square feet (17,900 m2) of exhibit space and can accommodate up to four concurrent events. It features 71,600 square feet (6,650 m2) of meeting space with 38 permanent rooms and a 24,500-square-foot (2,280 m2) grand ballroom.

Annual occupants


The convention center makes up a substantial part of the wider Shops at Prudential Center complex.


The convention center is connected by aerial passageways to a nearby hotel complex and can be reached by public transportation via the Hynes Convention Center station on the MBTA Green Line and, using the passageways, via the Back Bay (MBTA station) station on the Orange Line, commuter rail and Amtrak. Logan Express shuttles run directly to and from Logan International Airport.

Nearby hotels


  1. AIA guide to Boston, 3rd ed. 2008; p.217.

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