Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco

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The Transamerica Pyramid at 600 Montgomery Street between Clay and Washington Streets in the Financial District of San Francisco, California, is a 48-story postmodern building and the second-tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. Its height will be surpassed by Salesforce Tower, currently under construction. The building no longer houses the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, which moved its 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 a flatiron-shaped building now occupied by the Church of Scientology of San Francisco.
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  • Can you see during the tour of the city. Unfortunately no observation deck! Interesting to look at and a navigation point if one gets lost in the city. Parking a problem!
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  • It be missing on any postcard, but the WOW effect is of course some days. Sure the current Dubai or Singapore miles here, but the pyramid is some years older.
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  • The building looks great from a distance but up close, it's actually pretty ugly. Sadly it's an office building so you can't enter and visit, but it's only worth viewing from a distance anyway.  more »
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  • Beautiful structure. Amazing place across the street, 701 Montgomery. Definitely check that place out. Super amazing staff at 701 Montgomery. Great facility
  • A little dated now but still among the most interesting pieces of architecture in North America. Definitely worth stopping by/taking a selfie with.
  • No public access but who cares ? It's still an amazing building to watch from the streets of SF
  • Love looking at this building! Amazing things we can build. Iconic to the SF skyline.
  • A really interesting building. Most unique when seen from afar. One of the iconic sights of San Francisco. It's located near Chinatown, so if one visits the Chinatown area, just take a quick stroll to admire the huge tall pyramid like structure here.
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