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Sutro Tower

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Sutro Tower


Structure in General

mast (framework)
existing [completed]


radio transmission tv transmission


  • The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) purchased the Sutro Mansion in 1948 with the intent to build a 500-foot tower.
  • Foundation made up of 15 million pounds of concrete. The tower's center of gravity is below the hilltop.
  • Transmits 10 television and 4 FM radio stations.
  • At last count the tower utilized 118 antennae.
  • The tower generates over 20 million watts of power.
  • Broadcasting began in the summer of 1973.
  • Sutro Tower, Inc. (STI), the builder/owner/operator, was formed in 1968 by local television stations KTVU-channel 2, KRON-channel 4, KPIX-channel 5, and KGO-channel 7.
  • Tip of Sutro Tower is 1,815 feet above sea level making it the most visible structure in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Due to FAA requirements, the tower is painted with white and aviation-orange stripes.
  • Tallest structure in San Francisco between 1973 and 2017 when Salesforce Tower surpassed it.

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1 La Avanzada Drive
1 La Avanzada Drive, Sutro Park
Midtown Terrace
San Francisco

Technical Data

977.03 ft
750.66 ft
Jul 1973

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
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