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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walking away from the building (I walked south along Montgomery Street) provides more splendid views.
Have you seen the Transamerica Building up close? Do you think it the world’s most famous building?