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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • A little dated now but still among the most interesting pieces of architecture in North America. Definitely worth stopping by/taking a selfie with.
  • I really like the small park next to the Transamerica. It's a quiet and relaxing place to take a break, eat lunch, and enjoy the nearby fountains.
  • The Transamerica building was under serious construction when I went to visit. The building security was very visible and active when I drove into the garage. I attended a meeting at the 48th floor. The 48th floor is an amazing lookout point. The bottom floor has a souvenir store and a monitor for roof top viewing. The building is considered a LEED green building.
  • What a treat! Foggy, but quintessentially San Francisco. National AIDS Memorial Grove event hosted on the 48th floor.

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