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Top 10 Tallest Buildings in San Francisco

The Changing Skyline of San Francisco

There’s a new “Tallest Building” in San Francisco. Although not to be fully completed until 2018, The Salesforce Tower has reached its maximum height and as a result has taken the title from the Transamerica Pyramid after 45 years. Measuring 1,070ft, the Salesforce Tower dwarfs its predecessor by 217ft.

History of San Francisco Skyline

The Chronicle Building which was completed in 1890 was the first skyscraper to be built in San Francisco, measuring 218ft. This may be very modest by todays standards but the fact it survived the 1906 Earthquake was proof that tall buildings could in fact survive in a city which is prone to earthquakes.

A total of 40 skyscrapers popped up in San Francisco in the 1960s including the controversial Transamerica Pyramid which some suggested be torn down even before it was completed. This surge in construction was dubbed “Manhattanization” and led to some of the strictest building regulations in the country with a view to safeguarding the city’s historic buildings.

The San Francisco Skyline Today

The number of skyscrapers in San Francisco may be low in comparison to places like New York and Chicago, but the San Francisco skyline is very recognizable with iconic structures such as Coit Tower, the Bank of America building  and of course the aforementioned Transamerica Pyramid with its very distinct silhouette.

San Francisco has hundreds of buildings that are considered “High Rise” with 20 of them reaching over 500ft. Below is a list of the Top 10 Tallest Buildings.

Top 10 Tallest Buildings in San Francisco (May 2017)

1 – The Salesforce Tower                   1070ft

2 – Transamerica Pyramid                  853ft

3 – 181 Fremont Street                        802ft

4 – 555 California Street                      779ft

5 – 345 California Center                     695ft

6 – Millennium Tower                          645ft

7 – One Rincon Hill South Tower      641ft

8 – 101 California Street                      600ft

8 – 50 Fremont Center                        600ft

10 – Market Center                              573ft

Photo taken from Treasure Island