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The Transamerica Pyramid and the Original Bank of Italy Building
San Francisco, California

What is now the Bank of America began as the Bank of Italy. It grew rapidly as the city rebuilt after the earthquake and fire of 1906 and moved to a new headquarters building on Montgomery Street.
Transamerica Corp, the bank's real estate partner, was located a block away, in an ornate white terra cotta building. The block in between eventually became the site of the new Transamerica headquarters, the iconic Pyramid.


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Bank of Italy Building on Montgomery Street

Bank of Italy Building on Montgomery Street

The Bank of Italy built a new headquarters here in 1908, after their original location in North Beach was destroyed in the earthquake/fire of 1906. The exterior of the building remains substantially unchanged.

San Francisco, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2014
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Wingtip in the Bank of Italy building

Wingtip in the Bank of Italy building

The Bank of Italy (which became the Bank of America) was once based in this building, now an upscale men's store. Tellers' cages, vault, and below ground level safe deposit boxes are all original.

San Francisco, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2014
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Original Bank of Italy Building

Original Bank of Italy Building

A men's clothing and accessories store in the ornate Bank of Italy Building. The interior is almost entirely original, with marble floors and gold leaf accents dating from 1908.

San Francisco, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2014
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Old and new Transamerica Buildings at Columbus and Washington

Old and new Transamerica Buildings at Columbus and Washington

The ornate terra cotta Old Transamerica Building contrasts with the Transamerica Pyramid. Building height limitations have created an abrupt boundary here between the Financial District and Jackson Square-North Beach-Chinatown.

San Francisco, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2014
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Transamerica Pyramid base

Transamerica Pyramid base

Interesting structural members are exposed at the base of the city's tallest building. The extra space at sidewalk level also reduces the visual impact of this very large office tower.

San Francisco, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2014
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The Transamerica Pyramid from Montgomery Street

The Transamerica Pyramid from Montgomery Street

This strategic location was the site of the Montgomery Block, an important center of activity for early San Francisco. It was built in 1853 on what was then the waterfront, and at four stories was the tallest building in the west. It was demolished in 1959 and replaced by the Transamerica Pyramid.

San Francisco, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2014
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Transamerica Pyramid from Clay Street

Transamerica Pyramid from Clay Street

San Francisco's characteristic mix of large and small, new and old buildings, is seen well here. It is a product of strong historic preservation policies and building height limits. Demolition of the historic Montgomery Block to build the Transamerica Pyramid was a catalyst for the anti-Manhattanization movement in the 1980's.

San Francisco, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2014
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Transamerica Redwood Park

Transamerica Redwood Park

The private Redwood Park at the Transamerica Pyramid Center, a peaceful refuge on the edge of the Financial District.

San Francisco, California

Date photographed: June 20, 2014
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