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One California

Identification

One California
Airtouch Building, Mutual Benefit Life
118733

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
steel
concrete
curtain wall
modernism

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • Remodeled in 1995/96, the expansive lobby is finished in warm wood, polished granite and hand-fit tile.
  • Located at the foot of California Street off Market Street, the building is convenient to all Bay Area public transportation including the historic California Street Cable Car line.
  • Constructed atop the site formally occupied by the Fife Building.
  • Originally built as Mutual Benefit Life this tower was a prominent player in the "Manhattanization" of San Francisco in the late 1960s along with the Bank of America (52 stories) and the Crocker Building (38 stories) featured in a 1970 Newsweek story.
  • The lobby and plaza were remodeled to bring the look of the building up to date and to reflect the distinctive improvements installed by AirTouch Communications for its international headquarters.
  • The white precast concrete columns on the exterior were lightly sandblasted to expose the aggregate.

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Location

1 California Street
94104
Northeast
San Francisco
California
U.S.A.

Technical Data

133.50 m
32
1969
135

Involved Companies


Welton Becket and Associates
Welton Becket and Associates
Welton Becket and Associates
developer, general contractor, owner, tenant
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