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555 California Street

Identification

555 California Street
Bank of America Building from 1969 to 2005
118721

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
steel
granite
curtain wall
dark brown
modernism

Usages

commercial office
restaurant

Facts

  • Bank of America Center is the focal point of San Francisco's skyline and its business community.
  • A signature building designed by renowned architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons, it is a monument to San Francisco's bold natural landscape and one of the most recognized buildings in the United States.
  • Bank of America Center is located in the heart of San Francisco's financial district, with easy access to retail and residential centers, as well as public transportation.
  • Tallest building west of the Mississippi River from 1969-1972 until surpassed by the Transamerica Pyramid.
  • World Headquarters until a recent merger with NationsBank and subsequent move to Charlotte, NC.
  • Served as the location for the entrance area scenes of the 1974 film "The Towering Inferno", starring Paul Newman.
  • In the mid-1980's, BofA sold its namesake building to San Francisco real estate magnate Walter Shorenstein for $660 million, at the time the largest sum paid for a building in the United States.
  • September 22, 2005: property purchased by Hudson Waterfront Associates of New York for $1.05 billion, and with it came the name change to 555 California Street from Bank of America Center.
  • Designed with thousands of bay windows, a city heritage even the biggest building in the city enjoys.
  • In September 2005 the building was sold for $1.05 billion to Hudson Waterfront Associates' Henry Cheng and Vincent Lo, a record for the city.
  • This is the fifth tallest building on the west coast of the United States.

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Location

531-589 California Street
442-490 Pine Street, 400-464 Kearny Street
555 California Street
94104
Northeast
San Francisco
California
U.S.A.

Technical Data

779.01 ft
779.01 ft
243.00 ft
143.00 ft
52
4
1969
38
450

Involved Companies

MANNTECH Building Maintenance Systems

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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