Posts Tagged ‘skyscraper’

Pale Male, West Coast? This Hawk Sure Seems to Like Hanging About the Transamerica Pyramid

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Flying about and perching up there, way up high, like Pale Male of New Yawk City:


Salesforce Tower is Coming Along Nicely in SoMA – Giant “Eye of Sauron the Great” to be Installed Next Week

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

As it looks from my ‘hood at Zero Dark Thirty:


Artist’s conception of finished tower after installation:


The Terrible Zigûr will keep an “eye” on Mount Sutro, depicted at right, and maybe buy Twitter, who knows.

When asked for comment, Gorthaur the Cruel cryptically bellowed, “Bedrock, baby!”

That’s a good one, Sauron. Keep ’em coming.

Welcome to town, Dark Lord.

If a New 36-Story, 416-Foot Tall Condo Building Belongs Anywhere in SF, It Belongs at 1481 Post

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Insert “sliver” building here, right in the middle, just to the left of Geary:

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Why not?

1481 Post is like 8 Washington, and yet not like 8 Washington…

Spot the Missing Building: Motorcyclist’s Polished Helmet Offers a Fish-Eye View of the Western Addition

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Take a close look at this motorcyclist’s helmet on Geary – in between the two tall buildings, you can see the coming construction site of 1481 Post.

Dude gives off a Hank Schrader vibe:

Some people who opposed the 8 Washington Wall on the Waterfront project just might support a tall spire on the top of Cathedral Heights, right?

I think so.

Anyway, all moto helmets should be chromed, huh?

A 36-Story, 416-Foot Tall Condo Building at Post and Gough? Some Hate 1481 Post Already – A Dramaturgical Dyad

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Well, here it is, the proposed 1481 Post Street, from the ADCO Group.

And here’s your welcome:

Welcome to 1481 Post Street: An Iconic Residence Reflecting Years of Neighborhood Input and an Innovative Approach to Urban Growth.”

And here’s one possible future for Geary and Gough, as “seen” from our Chinese Consulate on Laguna:

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And here comes the backlash, here’s the concomitant anti-1481 Post Street group, SOS Cathedral Hill, or SAVE CATHEDRAL HILL, or something like that.

That’s what you call a dramaturgical dyad, redolent of 8 Washington, IMO.

SocketSite has the deets.

BTW, this group is claiming “No Community Outreach,” but what they really mean is no community outreach this month or no community outreach right now.

If anybody has a non-maudlin argument or anecdote or something against this building, I’d like to hear it. ‘Cause, so far, I haven’t heard it yet.

It seems to me that 1481 Post would slot right in with all the others in this part of the Western Addition, in this part of town betwixt the Tenderloin and J-Town…

Turn Off the Dark: Our 88-Year-Old Pacific Telephone Building is Back in Business, Baby! 140 New Montgomery is All Lit Up

Thursday, November 28th, 2013


You see, first it was all like this, abandoned, empty:

Then it was all like this, as seen from 225 Bush, a slightly older and slightly shorter building:

And then you could see through the thing, as seen earlier this year:

And now it’s a beacon at night.

I guess it’s called 140NM now? Ok fine.

So, first this building was commercial office space, then they wanted to change it to condos, and then they changed it back to office space, and now I’ll bet they wished they had stuck with the condo idea. Oh well.

Anyway, get all the deets on the Pacific Bell Building right here.


The See-Through Skyscrapers of South of Market – Now Our PacBell Building Looks EVEN MORE Like It Belongs in Detroit

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

First, our PacBell Building in SoMA was all like this.

Then is was all like this.

Now it’s all like this, so you can see through entire floors.

Say hello to the higher floors of a totally gutted building:

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If only San Francisco were the Innovation Capital of the World or something, then we wouldn’t have a bunch of empty buildings sitting around for years and decades.

On It Goes…

Orange Building Band-Aids, Randomly Applied

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

As seen in the Financial District:

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After You Make a Delivery to One Front Street, Be Sure to Slap Your Temporary Visitor’s Badge Onto the Bike Rack Out Front

Friday, July 22nd, 2011


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

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

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.