Transamerica Pyramid


Date:
1928
Architect:
Pereira, William L. and Associates
Neighborhood:
Financial District, San Francisco
Building Type:
Commercial
Address:
600 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California
Current Name:
Pyramid Center
Current Use:
Commercial Use
Current Condition:
Good
Status:
Not Listed


Constructed from 1968 – 1972 to house the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, the Transamerica Pyramid was the tallest building west of the Mississippi at the time of its construction. The building is 853 feet tall, including a 212 foot spire and remains the tallest building in San Francisco today. Architect William L. Pereira designed the Pyramid in the post-World War Futurist style, showcasing a bold urban form, innovative technology, and Space Age trends. This pyramid-shaped building is 48 stories tall, contains 530,000 square feet of office and retail space. The main portion of the building extends from the fifth and largest floor (21,025 square feet) to the 48th and smallest floor (2,025 square feet). The building is faced with identical precast concrete panels covered in crushed quartz bolted to the building’s structural system, which frames 3,678 single pivot steel windows.


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