Walruses, walruses everywhere down in the 94104.
It’s payback time:
From California Street, starting in the lower right:
500 California, the Omni Hotel, these days anyway, ___ feet tall, 1927
650 California, the Hartford Building, 466 feet tall, 1964
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There’s a lot of history in this photo. Do you see the trend – taller and less ornate until, whoops we went too far…
You know who should write about this kind of stuff? John King. Get him a camera like this or something.
What used to be at 350 California at Sansome was the 160 foot tall Alaska Commercial Building
But in 1979 it was replaced by the 325 foot tall, 23-story California Building (aka Bank of Tokyo Building and the Union Bank Building).
All that’s left of the Alaska connection are these walrus gargoyles.
I am the walrus, no, I’m the walrus, all day long
Look for these friendly critters the next time you’re in the area.