This Abandoned Skyscraper Would Fit Right In in Detroit – Say Hello to SoMA’s Totally Empty PacBell Building

Hello PacBell Building.

You used to be the tallest building in San Francisco but you’ve been empty for a while now, huh?

You have a great location at New Monty and Mission, but nobody loves you, huh?

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Hey, I know – let’s have the Twitter move in!

With enough corporate welfare, there’s no limit to what we can do…

“The building was the tallest in San Francisco until the Russ Building matched its height two years later in 1927.

The building was originally called the “Pacific Telephone Building”. At the time of its construction, the operating telephone company it housed was Pacific Telephone & Telegraph, a member of the Bell System. The building had a bell motif in many places on its façade, most notably surrounding the arch over the main entrance doors on New Montgomery Street. After the breakup of the Bell System (AT&T) and the formation the regional so-called Baby Bell companies, Pacific Telephone changed its name to “Pacific Bell”. The tower has an “L” shaped floor plan and the architecture decoratively incorporates spotlights to light the outside of the building.

In 2007, the PacBell Building was purchased by investor Wilson Meany Sullivan and Stockbridge Capital Partners for US$118 million.[5] Since then, the building has remained vacant, and photographs taken inside have shown water damage to the terracotta work of the 26th story auditorium, though much of the interior appears to be structurally intact. Developers submitted a request for a building permit and public comment in December 2008.

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