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Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco

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The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. The building no longer houses the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, which moved their U.S. headquarters to Baltimore, Maryland, but it is still associated with the company and is depicted in the company's logo. Designed by architect William Pereira and built by Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, at 853ft, on completion in 1972 it was the eighth tallest building in the world.HistoryThe Transamerica building was commissioned by Transamerica CEO John (Jack) R. Beckett, with the claim that he wished to allow light in the street below. Built on the site of the historic Montgomery Block, it has a structural height of 853ft and has 48 floors of retail and office space.Construction began in 1969 and finished in 1972, and was overseen by San Francisco-based contractor Dinwiddie Construction (now Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company). Transamerica moved its headquarters to the new building from across the street, where it had been based in another flatiron-shaped building now occupied by the Church of Scientology of San Francisco.
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  • Since 1972, the pyramid has dominated the SF skyline. Coming into the city across the Oakland Bay Bridge or across the Golden Gate Bridge, it is the first thing your eye is drawn to. Great view from a...  read more »
  • Although the building dates back to the 1972 seems much more current, the design did not impede the entry of light into the streets of her around. It is the tallest building in the city and can be seen from any point. By the area not there much more than see but well deserves the penalty approach is and see it from its base. The photo will get ideal from the neighborhood of Little Italy.
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  • Its a different design building. Its pyramid shape is easy to recognize the building among other regular rectangular ones. But thats all. Nothing special. 
  • dear viewers and friends this place was the marvellous one and also the custom lighting project, produced by Island Creative Management, a local light specialty company on Treasure Island, runs through a sophisticated computer program that allows it to shift colors on scheduled command. The spectacle will give homage to the City by the Bay, the Big Game, and to the landmark Trans america Pyramid. The Trans america Pyramid will feature two-tone lighting in blue and gold running up the edges of the building and changing every five seconds, then leading up to the spire, which will be lit in gold, topped off with the crown jewel for the length of the hour-long program. The same lighting effects will run throughout Game week changing at 30-minute intervals. Island Creative Management is providing 24 LED RGB fixtures with the capability of up to 125,000 lumen for up-lighting the corners of the Transamerica Pyramid, The spire will be lit internally using 18 LED RGB fixtures with the capability of up to a 400,000 lumens.
  • Very cool building. My kids and I loved it! There's a Starbucks right across the street but the walk from BART is far! Be careful when seeing it during commute hour because there are a lot of grumpy commuters trying to get to work. It was a perfect starting point for our day in North Beach.
  • The Transamerica Pyramid's distinctive geometry and concrete exterior finished with crushed quartz make it one of the most distinctive skyscrapers in San Francisco, as well as the tallest building in the city. Unfortunately the observation deck is now permanently closed, but they do have video feeds on the lobby floor, which is much less fun and not really worth seeing. It's very cool to see the building from the adjacent streets, the architecture is very imposing up close!
  • Quintessentially San Francisco!! The Transamerica Pyramid is iconic in its design. Completed in 1972, this building still wows onlookers. There is a relaxing Redwood Park on the Eastern side of the building..a great place to relax and take in the view.
  • I bet the top floor would offer better views than the Coit Tower.
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