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Must-see skyscrapers and grand public buildings for their size, design and sometimes location. San Francisco has the 6th largest collection of skyscrapers in America. Standing out from the many tall boxes of the Bay Area, is a collection of buildings noted below and in our Grand Architeture Photo Tour:

San Francisco, CA


Victorian Rowhouses

San Francisco is world famous for its many "painted ladies from the Victorian era. One of the best places to see them is Postcard Row on Steiner Street at Alamo Square


Transamerica Pyramid

Built in 1972, it is both the most striking and tallest skyscraper in the city at 853 feet; some years ago King Kong was portrayed in a commercial climbing this building; 600 Montgomery Street


101 California Street

Built in 1982, the base of this 48-story building looks like the indentation of a whistle, hence the "Whistle Building" nickname


Pacific Union Club

The first brownstone constructed west of the Mississippi River and a club for the city's uppercrust; it was built as the home for the silver magnate James Cair Flood; 1000 California Street


Four Embarcadero Center

Whats notable about this skyscraper in the 6 buliding complex often called Rockefeller Center West, is that it faces as open plaza letting you better admire its muti-dimensional setbacks; 55 Clay Street


Shaklee Building

Built in 1979 at 538 feet, the architects gave this building a handsome helping of 45 degree angles and setbacks from Market Street; it also looks different at different times of day; 444 Market Street


345 California Center

Built in 1986, this structure is notable for joining two diametrically opposed towers set at 45 degree angles to the street and for its walkway skylights in the upper floors; 345 California Street


Ferry Building

Opened in 1898 and recently renovated, this 660 feet long waterfront icon won the 2008 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for its Green Initiatives; One Ferry Building


San Francisco Marriott

Across the streetfrom Yerba Buena Gardens, this building looks like a giant jukebox; 55 4th Street


One Rincon Hill - South Tower
A late-modernist glass and steel design with just the right unexpected design touches to make it look interesting; 425 First Street


555 California Street Building

Formerly called the "Bank of America Building", this 779 foot building is known for its many indentations that maximize the number of pay windows on each floor; the views from all angles of the upper floors are magnificent


Contemporary Jewish Museum

Opened in 2008, how can a building be contemporarily daring and tradtional at once? The museum attepts to answer that question. You may like or hate the answer depending on personal taste. But you will notice it opposite Yerba Buena Gardens; 736 Mission Street


Columbus Tower

Also known as the Sentinel Building, Flat Iron Building, and now the Coppola Building, it was completed in 1907. The last moniker was acquired when filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola renovated the building and moved his American Zeotrope Studios in it. Today it is a designated city landmark at Columbus Avenue, Kearny Street and Jackson Street

Golden Gate Bridge
Built 1936 and arguably the world's most beautiful bridge with its art deco design, its color is actually rust-red; the iconic bridge connects San Francisco with Marin County, so it remains constantly busy; visitors can drive, bike, or walk across the two-mile long suspension bridge; for walking or biking, drive towards the bridge from US 101 until you see signs approaching the toll booth that direct you to parking; you can also enter Crissy Field at its base to see Fort Point and kite flyers; US 101 Freeway at the northernmost point of the city

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
“Bay Bridge” was built in 1936, this iconic structure is still the longest steel, two level bridge in the world; it took three years to construct partly because the suspension cables had to be individually strung and more concrete than the Empire State Building had to cure; the main pylons extend 240 feet below the water surface; the five lanes above and 5 lanes below carry more vehicles than all but a handful of freeways or bridges in America; enter the bridge from I-80 Freeway headed to Oakland

Oakland, CA

Ronald Dellums Federal Building
The twin towers connected by skybrige are remarkable in design and for honoring the great Black Congressman and new Oakland mayor, Ronald Dellums

Piedmont, CA

Mormon Temple
Perched high in the Oakland Hills, you can miss this stunningly beautiful landmark when driving along I-580 Freeway.


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