Holy Virgin Cathedral, 6210 Geary, Before:
And After, same as it ever was:
Same as it ever was…
Temporarily, I s’pose.
Still, it’s quite striking if you’re not yet used to seeing this building.
Hey, Salesforce Tower – do you, you know, considering the landfill issue, go all the way down to bedrock? Oh you do? Awesome.
And, speaking of exceeding limits, here’s the cracked sidewalk out front:
“More Than A Place To Live, This Is A Way To Live.
Rare and precious, shimmering on the skyline like crystal, Millennium Tower is one of Worth Magazine’s “Top 10 Residential Buildings in the World.” Inspired by the very essence of San Francisco, in form and in function, this is an address like no other.
FOR EVERY LIFESTYLE, A LIVING SPACE. Millennium Tower residences are the canvases where owners create their own unique San Francisco lifestyle. Streetwise and close to the city’s energy. Comfortably situated in a welcoming, open aerie. Or high above it all, with a view of the iconic Bay Bridge and the world beyond. Here, urban luxury living is elevated to an art form.
In the 11-story mid-rise adjacent to the main tower, City Residences offer an urban loft aesthetic connected to the energy of the street.
Ensconced on the 3rd through 25th floors, The Residences feature clean lines, designer finishes and exceptional city views.
The Grand Residences
From the vantage point of floors 26 through 60, The Grand Residences are the pinnacle of luxury, unparalleled in San Francisco.
It’s 580 California in front of the BofA Building:
Oh no no no no no! This thing has been on the market for a while now. So you can’t just say “COMING SOON.”
It’s a nice place to visit, perhaps, inside, but you wouldn’t want to live there, is what I’m saying.
What it is is a symbol of Yet Another Failed “Rebirth” of the Tenderloin.
But go ahead buy it, Area Billionaires. You could use it as your secret lair. (And it won’t kill you the way some other hobbies might.)
C’mon. I dare you. Buy this historic building, and then the sellers (lessors, landlords, agents, realtors, Developers?) will take all their banners down, hurrah!
“Even if these improvements can be made [and oh, they were, to the tune of $18 million or so], one must ask if it is worth the trouble. The building will still be sitting in the middle of the worst of Mid-Market.”
First, things were all like this atop City Hall, the highest* classical dome** in the Western*** Hemisphere.
But now they’re like this, with a more prominent walkway up there:
Safety First, I s’pose, consarn it. Really jumps out at you is what I’m saying…
*Yes, higher than the U.S. Capitol Building Back East. By design. Just ever so slightly. On purpose.
**So yes, it’s lower than the Superdome football stadium and whatnot.
***And yes, the Great Countries of Europe have domes what are bigger and older. They were the ones we copied from. Yet still, we have the Biggest Classical Dome in the New World, so we have that going for us…
IDK, man. I’m not the designated cheerleader for the Twitterloin, so I’ll not be waving my pom-poms yet for this latest sign of the long-promised “rebirth” of the Tenderloin.
Anyway, it sat empty before and it’s sitting empty now. See?
It would have been a lot better to have had this beast ready to rent back in 2013, you know, due to the hubris. But who will rent this place in 2016?
Here’s John King’s take on the new sculpture / logo at 1 California. You can see it on the right here. But what else can you see – a tacked-on “50” hanging from 50 California:
Practically, these signs make things easier for newcomers to find their way around the canyons of the Financh, ’cause these generic skyscrapers are really generic.
In another universe, 50 California could have used “FIFTY” instead, and 1 California would have used a giant “1” instead, and life would have carried on pretty much the same…