Well, Dirty Harry debuted 40 years ago so let’s use his movie series to see what the 415 looked like back in the 1970’s.
Above the old Embarcadero Freeway and close to the build site for Embarcadero 4 (our youngest Embarcadero, it turns out) and Embarcadero 5, the crazy Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Hotel:
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And back then, the Equinox revolving restaurant actually revolved. See it atop the Hyatt?
“The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is a large, imposing exposed concrete structure. It was built in 1972, designed by notorious architect John Portman. He is known for his outlandish designs. The Hyatt Regency here is no exception. It’s hard to describe, but I’ll try. It was built as a modern concrete structure around an atrium with extensive use of odd angles…presumably to take advantage of the odd, triangular-shaped property and beautiful bay/city views. From some angles it looks like a normal building, others like a pyramid, and from yet others like spires shooting up to the sky. It’s extremely unique and enjoyable to look at by us architecture and engineering dweebs. To everyone else, it’s a big gaudy hotel that is seriously starting to look dated architecturally.”
Now here’s Harry leaving City Hall back in the mid-1970’s – can you imagine an uglier color than this blue?
Anyway, stay groovy…