Photos of San Francisco Bay, usually taken from our balcony.
jeudi 25 février 2010
San Francisco Landmarks: Transamerica Pyramid
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Begun in 1969 and completed in 1972, the Transamerica Pyramid quickly became an icon of the San Francisco skyline. It is the tallest building in San Francisco: 850 feet (260 metres). The second tallest building in San Francisco is the Bank of America building; 779 feet (237.4 metres). It often appears that the Bank of America building is taller. It is an illusion caused by the fact that the Bank of America building is on higher ground whereas the Transamerica Pyramid is on landfill. The hull of the whaling ship Niantic, abandoned at its San Francisco pier during the 1849 Gold Rush, was found buried where the Transamerica Pyramid was built.
Transamerica was an insurance company, bought out by the Dutch insurance company AEGON in 1999. Transamerica was founded by A.P. Gianini, founder of the Bank of Italy, which grew to become Bank of America. The pyramid is built on the site of one of Gianini's original buildings.
At 48 floors in height, the pyramid is one of the 200 tallest buildings in the world.