June 23, 2008
Shapes, San Francisco
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photo by Donald Kinney
Back in the late '60's and early '70's most everybody thought San Francisco's Planning Commission was nuts for allowing such an unusual building, but I think by now most everybody has come around to actually love the shape of the building, and especially what it does for the San Francisco skyline.
So why is the building (853 feet) so tall? Because Transamerica wanted it to be taller than their competitor at 555 California Street, even though that building is built on considerably higher ground. The Transamerica Corportation is no longer located in the building...
And here is something you may not have heard about:
The building is considered to have been the intended target of a foiled terrorist attack, involving the hijacking of airplanes as part of Oplan Bojinka, which was foiled in 1995. Read more about the Transamerica Building at: Wikipedia
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