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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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  • Eccentric structure built in the heart of financial district but which has become a landmark in the city. Worth the visit for the photo!
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  • The building has peculiar architecture and served as North to San Francisco, but can't currently access the top of the building to observe the city and there are other most impressive buildings in the city.
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  • The San Francisco skyline has some pretty impressive buildings, but this one really stands out, day and night. Not really an activity, just part of a stunning cityscape. 
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I bet the top floor would offer better views than the Coit Tower.