Iconic to Celebrity

Developers have learned a thing or two since 1973 when the Pyramid was completed. Some, not all developers and their architects, are thinking that their buildings are indeed celebrities and are worthy of celebrity attention

2021-09-24T20:48:38+00:00 Happenings|


San Francisco’s Marriott Marquis, opened on October 17, 1989, the day of the Loma Prieta earthquake, which was a biggie at 6.9.

2021-09-03T16:12:26+00:00 Happenings|

Who Knew?

I have walked by 345 California hundreds of times and never knew that there was a hotel inside - 155 rooms on floors 38 – 48.

2021-07-03T15:51:09+00:00 Happenings|

Innocence Lost

Remember when we could walk into an office building and ride an elevator to any floor without going through security first? Apparently, we lost our innocence back in July of 1993

2021-04-05T19:10:57+00:00 Happenings|


Many moons ago, Mission Bay (303 acres) was a salt marsh/lagoon. In the mid-1800s, it became a place to dump refuse from building projects and later from the 1906 earthquake. Then, it became an industrial area that included shipbuilding, canneries, warehouses, etc.  In the 1990s, it was a veritable wasteland owned by Southern Pacific Railway (who

2021-02-24T20:10:37+00:00 Happenings|


Back in 2002, Millennium Partners proposed the development of Millennium Tower, a new condominium complex at 301 Mission, essentially a 5-Star hotel without a hotel. This was soon after Millennium Partners launched its Four Seasons Hotel (the first combination hotel/condominium property in San Francisco at 757 Market Street). Four Seasons condominiums sold well after overcoming

2021-06-11T18:32:48+00:00 Happenings|

Triple Nickel

555 California Street (“Triple Nickel”), formerly known as the Bank of America Center, was completed in 1969. At that time, it was the tallest building in the U.S. west of the Mississippi. The bank was originally the Bank of Italy, founded in a converted saloon by A. P. Giannini in 1904. Having made several investments in the smaller Bank of America,

2020-12-16T18:03:19+00:00 Happenings|

My Daughter, the Engineer

Once upon a time, there was an iconic clock tower that guarded the San Francisco side of the Bay Bridge. It was erected in 1940 and designed by Louis P. Hobart, who also designed Grace Cathedral, the California Academy of Sciences, and Macy’s on Union Square, as well as many other structures. This structure initially displayed

2020-11-23T19:57:18+00:00 Happenings|

Iconic Ferry Terminal

Back in the day--that would be 1898 when the Ferry Terminal was opened--the Terminal was the second busiest transit terminal in the world (ferry service was the only way to get from North Bay to the City), second only to London Charing Cross station. Then came construction of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, both completed in the 1930s, and

2020-10-26T17:29:16+00:00 Happenings|