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Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco

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Architectural Building
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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  • It's a cool looking building and it is pretty famous as the part of the skyline in San Francisco. But I went there and they don't seem to let you go around inside. So you can only take pictures of the...  more »
  • Amazing architecture and great to use as a reference point, should you ever get lost. Its a shame they don't have an observation platform, though.  more »
  • If you're in the area, stop over and check out the base of the pyramid. It's such a symbol from outside the city, but it's a nice perspective to be at the base of it.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Unique piece of architecture centered in the financial district. Great site to visit.
  • 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.