Transamerica Pyramid
Transamerica Pyramid
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Located in downtown San Francisco, this building, shaped like a pyramid, is a well-known symbol of the city skyline.
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Neighborhood: Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
How to get there
  • Embarcadero • 7 min walk
  • Embarcadero • 8 min walk
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,597 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is an iconic building in downtown San Francisco. It does look like a pyramid. It was very controversial for many years because of its radical design and height, but now is accepted and somewhat treasured. I have always liked it. Best seen from Columbus Avenue.
Written October 29, 2023
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Angela S
Castro Valley, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The most unique building in the City and a must-see attraction for anyone local or tourist. Best view, I think is from Jackson Square at Broadway and Montgomery St. Also a nice view farther west, from Nob Hill. I wish there was like a visitor centre inside and people were allowed to go up to the top and look out over SF, like at Coit Tower, but there is not. But it is a very lovely building unlike any other in San Francisco or other cities. And if you're in another part of the City and unsure how to get back downtown to BART/FiDi/Embarcadero/SoMa, etc. just follow the Pyramid and you will get there.
Written January 14, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,597 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It's amazing how this unusual skyscraper has gone from something hated to a much-beloved icon. Maybe it's because the more recent skyscrapers are so uninspired. And now it is eclipsed by Salesforce. Come and look and visit the redwood park at the base.
Written January 23, 2020
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Karim Maarouf
Cairo, Egypt851 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
One of the most recognizable buildings in San Francisco. In my opinion not particularly pretty, but worth a look! It does have a lot of history though and was once the tallest building in San Francisco. I walked over from the Embarcadero and the Ferry Building. That's the easiest way to reach here.
Written January 13, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,597 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Still iconic, even though it is now surrounded by taller buildings and there are more all the time. From the right viewpoint, it does emerge as a landmark. Once daring architecture, now it looks sort of ordinary. Some new venues are proposed for the interior.
Written August 6, 2022
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W H
Los Angeles, CA1,130 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
The Transamerica pyramid is an iconic SF symbol & part of the skyline. At the end of the day, it is a building and not necessarily a tourist attraction. The building can be seen from many vantage points throughout the city. The building is located in the financial district and during work hours, can be crowded with people working in the area & pretty quiet on the weekends. Most of the shops along the way will be closed on the weekends.

The pictures I uploaded were taken along Montgomery St. Along this street, you can get to the base of the building which is on the cusp of Chinatown. After going further up on Montgomery (after Jackson square area), you can have the distant view of the building and the SF skyline. The walk along Montgomery for taking close up pictures & the distant view should be about 30 minutes of walking.
Written July 17, 2017
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Afflick67
Warwickshire, UK320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
We were very fortunate to go on an escorted tour up to the observation deck of this fine building.

Wow.

Very, very impressive with excellent panoramic views of San Francisco, Alcatraz and Oakland.

Brilliant.
Written September 22, 2011
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midwaytoheaven
Midway, UT3,048 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
In since 1972 when this unique pointed tip skyscraper was built, it has been the most famous building in the city. From a distance, you can see this building from just about everywhere in San Francisco. It is the building that everyone knows best in their skyline..

BOTTOM LINE: It is still an amazing building even after 48 years since it was completed. I wish America had more unique high-rises like this. The building rises 853' in height with 48 floors. You can't miss it in the center of the financial district of the city. Quite an amazing site to see in person. MY RATING: 9/10
Written November 16, 2019
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Grays_on_Holiday
Derbyshire, UK876 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This iconic building can be seen from many vantage points in San Francisco.

My suggestion is take a walk to the corner of Columbus Avenue and Kearney Street to view the old Columbus Building (one of my favourites in SF) with the Transamerica Pyramid in the backdrop. If you want to see the Transamerica Building up close, continue walking about 3 minutes down Columbus until it merges with Washington and Montgomery. Easily walkable to if staying in the Financial District area.
Written November 4, 2019
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DeanMurphy2020
Orlando, FL7,666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
Located at 600 Montgomery Street and Washington, San Francisco’s iconic office tower is designed to withstand earthquakes. The Transamerica corporation is no longer headquartered here, and is now in Baltimore. This impressive structure constructed in 1972, however, is 853 feet tall, and in 1972 was the eighth tallest building in the world. It is still the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, second only to the Aon Tower in Los Angeles. The 48 floors house office and retail space. The observation deck on the 27th floor was closed post 9/11 terrorist attacks. There is, however, a “virtual observation deck.” Four cameras atop the structure provide real-time views of the surrounding area, while visitors are safely on the ground. This is a unique experience that hopefully will be adopted by other highrises.
Written August 2, 2015
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