The Harbor Towers are two Brutalist-era forty-story residential towers located on the waterfront of the U.S. city of Boston, nestled between the New England Aquarium and the iconic Rowe's Wharf mixed use development. Harbor Towers I, the taller of the two towers, stands 400 feet (122 m), while Harbor Towers II rises 396 ft (121 m). The towers are the 26th and 28th-tallest buildings in Boston, respectively.
The Harbor Towers apartment complex was completed in 1971 by the Berenson Corporation, as an affordable housing option near Boston's financial district. Designed by Henry N. Cobb of I.M. Pei & Partners (now Pei Cobb Freed & Partners), who also designed Boston's John Hancock Tower and collaborated with Pei on Boston's City Hall Plaza, the towers are well known in the architectural community. At 40 stories, they are the city's tallest residential towers. A project sponsored by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), as a way to bring new life to Boston's waterfront, which was, at the time, a seedy, dusty area mostly made up of parking lots, the project became a cornerstone for future progress in the area.
Originally planned with three 40-story towers, only two were built, along with a parking garage. The much derided design has garnered many critics in Boston for its "brutalist" architecture, a style that was argued to be inconsistent with historic Boston. In particular, the surrounding area includes sites such as the waterfront area and the North End, which is known for its Italian community and its preservation of 17th and 18th century architecture.