Photographer's Note

I know this is kind of a weird composition. It was winter when we were last in San Francisco, and the weather wasn't all that coooperative. I kind of liked this shot because it's very stark and angular, yet accented by bright colors; this was originally titled "The Two Towers," referring to the tree in the foreground, but that didn't seem to work out all that well. I'm now not sure if it's distracting or curious... what do you all think??

It's the tallest and most recognizable building in San Francisco: built on the historic Montgomery Block, this fascinating structure stands 853 feet high and has 48 floors of office space. Construction began in 1969 and ended in 1972. It's currently ranked as the 100th tallest building in the world, but it's certainly more famous than many of the other 99! Zoning restrictions limited its height as it sits at the northern end of the financial district. It's no longer the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, interestingly enough, but it's still depicted in the logo. It was acquired by a Dutch company in 1999, and was later sold yetagain. The facade is reportedly covered in crushed quartz, giving it the silver color. Its four=story base contains 12,000 cubic yards of concrete and 300 miles of steel rebar. It has 3,678 windows. It occupies the site that was the temporary home of the Bank of Italy after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake; the first building was destroyed. Founded Giannini founded Transamerica in 1928; of course, the Bank of Italy later became Bank of America.

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Additional Photos by Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1149] (2034)
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