Maybe you think of Egypt when you think of buildings shaped like pyramids. But a more modern pyramid can be found in San Francisco.
- John R. Beckett, CEO of Transamerica, wanted a building that would not block light to the street.
- He hired architect William Pereira to design the building. Not everyone liked the four-sided pyramid design and many people said it was ugly. Today, though, it’s an iconic landmark in San Francisco and people appreciate its modern look.
- The building was finished in 1972 and, at 48 stories, was the tallest building in San Francisco until 2018.
- The building has two wings which house the elevators and a spire on top of the building.
- At street level is a private park with sculptures of a jumping frog and children playing.
- During construction, onlookers threw several thousand dollars in coin into the pit for good luck.
- To make the 9-foot thick foundation, workers poured concrete continuously for three days.
- Near the foundation of the building was the hull of the whaling vessel, Niantic, from the 1849 California Gold Rush era.
- A red, glass-encased light sits at the top of the tower to warn aircrafts of its presence.
- The building is believed to have been the target of a 1995 hijacking incident.
- Iconic: well-known and recognized symbol
- Landmark: well-known building or place
- Hull: the bones of a ship
Questions and Answers
Question: What is the pyramid building made of?
Answer: Mostly steel and glass, but the exterior is covered in crushed quartz.
Watch a video about the Transamerica Pyramid building.
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