Transamerica Building in San Francisco

Until my most recent San Francisco visit, I had not actually seen the world’s most famous building up close. Seeing the Transamerica building was not on my to-do list, either. After walking the Filbert Steps and then walking around San Francisco, I just eventually ran into it.

Transamerica Building

You can see the iconic Transamerica Building (aka “The Pyramid”) from all around San Francisco. As you can see, I was fortunate to have clear skies during my visit.

Transamerica Building: San Francisco
View from Nob Hill
Transamerica Building: San Francisco
View from Municipal Pier

As I walked closer, I could see the grandeur of the famous landmark. The building’s official address is 600 Montgomery Street. It is located in San Francisco’s Financial District, between Montgomery and Sansome, and Clay and Washington.

view of The Pyramid Building in San Francisco California

looking up The Pyramid Building in San Francisco

It was fascinating to see the base area of The Pyramid. It makes sense that there is an elaborate series of strong posts supporting the building. I can imagine the setting being used for movies.

Transamerica Building
base of The Pyramid
Transamerica Building
The Pyramid
Transamerica Building
Looking up at The Pyramid building

The Pyramid has a visitor center on the ground floor but it was already closed for the day when I was there. The visitor center is open from 10am to 3pm, Monday through Friday.

The carpets at each entrance have The Pyramid logo on them.

The Pyramid building in San Francisco

 

A nice surprise was finding the Transamerica Redwood Park on the east side of the Building. Located in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city, it is so nice to find such an oasis. It is a wonderful spot for viewing The Pyramid and to rest from a day of sightseeing. It is also an opportunity to see redwood trees without venturing out of the city.

Transamerica Redwood Park
Transamerica Redwood Park
Transamerica Redwood Park
Transamerica Redwood Park
Transamerica Redwood Park
Transamerica Redwood Park statue

Walking away from the building (I walked south along Montgomery Street) provides more splendid views.

Transamerica Building

Have you seen the Transamerica Building up close? Do you think it the world’s most famous building?

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