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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

437.99 ft
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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