Why is the Eichler Summit Building at 999 Green in Russian Hill so Ugly?

Well here it is, the Joseph Eichler Summit, a somewhat Republican condo building at triple-nine Green Street near Jones.

The obvious question is this: why is it so ugly?

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And from the San Francisco Chronicle’s John King, via Google Search, we get an answer:

“From the 24th on up, each floor flares out one foot beyond the one below.”

“…it has a tired look. A bumpy one, too, as many owners enclosed their balconies to gain a few more feet of living space.”

So there you have it. The Taipei 101-style flaring + the random enclosures = ugly.

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4 Responses to “Why is the Eichler Summit Building at 999 Green in Russian Hill so Ugly?”

  1. Brock says:

    i LOVE this building! but, yeah, in part due to its ugliness in a sea of beautiful buildings, i guess.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    It certainly stands out…

  3. if you think this is ugly, you should take a look at the David Hewes building at 6th Street.

  4. Dean V says:

    I really like this building and have done sketches and watercolors of it and the few other nearby towers recently. Wasn’t aware of the Eichler connection, but now it makes sense that my eye was drawn to it. Not usually a fan of oversized towers in low-rise residential areas, but this one gives Russian Hill a very certain urbanity.