Transamerica Pyramid & Redwood Park
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Transamerica Pyramid & Redwood Park information
The defining feature of San Francisco's skyline was built during the Jet Age, atop the wreck of a whaling ship abandoned in the 1849 Gold Rush, at the site of a saloon frequented by Mark Twain and the newspaper office where Sun Yat-sen drafted his Proclamation of the Republic of China.
Architect William Pereira maximized light in the narrow streets below with his pyramid design, but even before its 1972 inauguration his pointy office tower was derided as Pereira's Prick. Critics claimed Pereira's Hollywood special-effects background was too apparent in the 853ft streamlined tower, which looked ready for blastoff. But others found the quirky landmark perfectly suited to SF. Even the haters love Redwood Park, the half-acre redwood stand beneath the Pyramid.
Another redeeming feature was the view – note, past tense. Since September 11, the view deck at the top has been closed for 'security reasons.' If you're determined to get virtually queasy witnessing the Pyramid's slight half-foot sway in a strong wind, visit the virtual observation deck online.