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Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco

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Architectural Building · Landmark
The Transamerica Pyramid at 600 Montgomery Street between Clay and Washington Streets in the Financial District of San Francisco, California, United States, is a 48-story futurist building and the second-tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. It was the tallest building in San Francisco from its inception in 1972 until 2018 when the newly constructed Salesforce Tower surpassed its height. The building no longer houses the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, which moved its U.S. headquarters to Baltimore, Maryland. However, the building is still associated with the company by being depicted on the company's logo. Designed by architect William Pereira and built by Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, the building stands at 853 feet (260 m). On completion in 1972 it was the eighth-tallest building in the world. In February 2020 the building was sold to NYC investor Michael Shvo, although the sale has not yet closed. It is a popular site for tourists to visit while in San Francisco.
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  • We enjoyed walking around the building to look at it but unfortunately they don’t have an observation deck. We ended up finding a good view point if you walk east on Washington street towards the bay....  more »
  • It's amazing how this unusual skyscraper has gone from something hated to a much-beloved icon. Maybe it's because the more recent skyscrapers are so uninspired. And now it is eclipsed by...  more »
  • We regularly espied this grand and distinctive edifice as we walked around the city. We looked forward to visiting it. Dating from the early 1970s, it has an attention grabbing profile, towering into the skyline. It was interesting to learn that it was built on the site of Montgomery Block that in its time was a terminus of the Pony Express. After admiring the elegant facade features we stepped into the foyer. Some attractive artworks are to be viewed in addition to plaques to its antecedent.
  • This office building is an iconic member of the San Francisco skyline and as soon as you see it, you know where you are. I stayed just a few blocks from the Tower and used it as a landmark when I was exploring the city. So great to see it up close. the landmark of San Francisco is visible from a distance, and if you get closer it makes even a greater impression. Easily one of San Fransisco’s most distinguishable buildings, the Transamerica Pyramid can be seen for miles poking up above the Financial District. It is the second tallest skyscraper in the San Fransisco skyline.

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