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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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  • As the Pyramid itself, it still attracts attention with its 260 metres high and its shape (on the ground floor there is a Visitor Center, but we walked in, the rest I do not think it is open to visitors) and whose name derives from the fact that originally housed the offices of the Transamerica Corporation (no longer) would say it is worth a visit to the Financial District in General. Without having anything special compared to other American financial districts (starting with the more well-known Wall Street), it's still all in all limited in size and take a walk for a half hour or so, amid the skyscrapers of various sizes and shapes and streets full of businessmen, it costs nothing, in fact you can take the opportunity to visit (always free) the Wells Fargo History Museum of which I tell you other review. For me it is also a neighborhood from which to pass, while not among the must-haves of SF; judged by the photo. Luca
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  • The Transamerica Pyramid is one of the highest skyscrapers in the world, with 260 meters (853 ft). Built in the city of San Francisco, California, was completed in 1972 with 48 floors. Construction began in 1969 and ended in 1972. Currently, 105° is ranked as the tallest building in the world. All around town the building is displayed. Is dashing and handsome.
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  • In an unparalleled anywhere in the Visual as well. Egypt pyramid has a significant height with a pointed look and reminds me of a fresh.
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  • The iconic buiding of San Francisco. There is a Starbugs on the corner with fast wifi.
  • One of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The most iconic symbol of SF's architecture. Beautiful design, gentle brutalism,
  • Stayed very close to here, loved seeing this landmark. Never got lost
  • Interesting looking building, but no observation deck or public access. There is a cute park next door that is open to the public during the day and used by a lot of people for eating lunch. The Transamerica Pyramid was the tallest building in San Francisco from 1972 to 2016. The new tallest building is still under construction; unknown if there will be a public viewpoint on that one.
  • 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.

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