List of tallest buildings in San Francisco

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The Salesforce Tower (right) has been San Francisco's tallest building since its construction in 2017. Prior to that, the Transamerica Pyramid (left) was the tallest building from its construction in 1972 until 2017. (Photographed on March 1, 2018)

San Francisco, California, in the United States, has at least 472 high-rises,[1] 56 of which are at least 400 feet (122 m) tall. The tallest building is Salesforce Tower, which rises 1,070 ft (330 m) and as of September 2018 is the 13th-tallest building in the United States.[2] The city's second-tallest building is the Transamerica Pyramid, which rises 853 ft (260 m), and was previously the city's tallest for 45 years, from 1972 to 2017.[3] The city's third-tallest building is 181 Fremont, rising to 802 ft (244 m).

San Francisco has 26 skyscrapers that rise at least 492 feet (150 m). Seven more skyscrapers of over 150 m are under construction, have been approved for construction, or have been proposed. Its skyline is currently ranked second in the Western United States (after Los Angeles) and sixth in the United States, after New York City, Chicago, Miami, Houston, and Los Angeles.[note 1]

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History[edit]

10 tallest buildings in San Francisco
  •  300–349m 
  •  250–299m 
  •  200–249m 
  •  150–199m 

1
Salesforce Tower (2017)
2
Transamerica Pyramid (1972)
3
181 Fremont (2017)
4
555 California (1969)
5
345 California (1986)
6
Millennium Tower (2009)
7
One Rincon Hill South (2008)
8
50 Fremont (1982)
9
101 California (1982)
10
Market Center (1975)

San Francisco's first skyscraper was the 218-foot (66 m) Chronicle Building, which was completed in 1890. M. H. de Young, owner of the San Francisco Chronicle, commissioned Burnham and Root to design a signature tower to convey the power of his newspaper.[4] Not to be outdone, de Young's rival, industrialist Claus Spreckels, purchased the San Francisco Call in 1895 and commissioned a tower of his own that would dwarf the Chronicle Building.[5] The 315-foot (96 m) Call Building was completed in 1898 and stood across Market Street from the Chronicle Building. The Call Building (later named the Spreckels Building, and Central Tower today) would remain the city's tallest for nearly a quarter century.

Both steel-framed structures survived the 1906 earthquake, demonstrating that tall buildings could be safely constructed in earthquake country.[6][7] Other early twentieth-century skyscrapers above 200 feet (61 m) include the Merchants Exchange Building (1903), Humboldt Bank Building (1908), Hobart Building (1914), and Southern Pacific Building (1916). Another skyscraper boom took hold during the 1920s, when several Neo-Gothic and Art Deco high rises, reaching three to four hundred feet (90 to 120 m) in height, were constructed, including the Standard Oil Building (1922), Pacific Telephone Building (1925), Russ Building (1927), Hunter-Dulin Building (1927), 450 Sutter Medical Building (1929), Shell Building (1929), and McAllister Tower (1930).[8]

The Great Depression and World War II halted any further skyscraper construction until the 1950s when the Equitable Life Building (1955) and Crown-Zellerbach Building (1959) were completed. Many of San Francisco's tallest buildings, particularly its office skyscrapers,[9] were completed in a building boom from the late 1960s until the late 1980s.[10] During the 1960s, at least 40 new skyscrapers were built,[11] and the Hartford Building (1965), 44 Montgomery (1967), Bank of America Center (1969), and Transamerica Pyramid (1972) each, in turn, took the title of tallest building in California upon completion. At 853 feet (260 m) tall, the Transamerica Pyramid was one of the most controversial, with critics suggesting that it be torn down even before it was completed.[11]

This surge of construction was dubbed "Manhattanization" by opponents and led to local legislation that set some of the strictest building height limits and regulations in the country.[12] In 1985, San Francisco adopted the Downtown Plan, which slowed development in the Financial District north of Market Street and directed it to the area South of Market around the Transbay Terminal.[13] Over 250 historic buildings were protected from development and developers were required to set aside open space for new projects.[14] To prevent excessive growth and smooth the boom-and-bust building cycle, the Plan included an annual limit of 950,000 square feet (88,000 m2) for new office development, although it grandfathered millions of square feet of proposals already in the development pipeline. In response, voters approved Proposition M in November 1986 that reduced the annual limit to 475,000 square feet (44,100 m2) until the grandfathered square footage was accounted for, which occurred in 1999.[15][16]

Aerial photo of downtown San Francisco, 2015. The Transamerica Pyramid is visible on the right. The foundation of the Salesforce Tower is visible on the lower left.

These limits, combined with the early 1990s recession, led to a significant slowdown of skyscraper construction during the late 1980s and 1990s. To guide new development, the city passed several neighborhood plans, such as the Rincon Hill Plan in 2005 and Transit Center District Plan in 2012, which allow taller skyscrapers in certain specific locations in the South of Market area.[17] Since the early 2000s, the city has been undergoing another building boom, with numerous buildings over 400 feet (122 m) proposed, approved, or under construction; some, such as the two-towered One Rincon Hill and mixed-use 181 Fremont, have been completed. Multiple skyscrapers have been constructed near the new Transbay Transit Center, including Salesforce Tower, which topped-out in 2017 at a height of 1,070 feet (330 m).[18][19] This building is the first supertall skyscraper in San Francisco and among the tallest in the United States.

Tallest buildings[edit]

This list ranks San Francisco skyscrapers that stand at least 400 feet (122 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed.

Rank Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Use Year Coordinates Notes
1 Salesforce Tower 1,070 (326) 61 Office 2018 37°47′24″N 122°23′49″W / 37.7899°N 122.3969°W / 37.7899; -122.3969 (Salesforce Tower)
2 Transamerica Pyramid 853 (260) 48 Office 1972 37°47′42.72″N 122°24′10.08″W / 37.7952000°N 122.4028000°W / 37.7952000; -122.4028000 (Transamerica Pyramid)
3 181 Fremont 802 (245) 56 Office, Residential 2017 37°47′23″N 122°23′43″W / 37.78970°N 122.39535°W / 37.78970; -122.39535 (181 Freemont)
  • 2nd-tallest mixed-use residential building west of the Mississippi River.[23][24]
4 555 California Street 779 (237) 52 Office 1969 37°47′30.84″N 122°24′13.68″W / 37.7919000°N 122.4038000°W / 37.7919000; -122.4038000 (555 California Street)
  • Tallest building on the West Coast from 1969 to 1972
  • Tallest building constructed in the city in the 1960s
  • Formerly known as Bank of America Center[25][26][27]
  • Largest office building in San Francisco by floor area.
5 345 California Center 721 (220) 48 Hotel, Office 1986 37°47′33.00″N 122°24′1.80″W / 37.7925000°N 122.4005000°W / 37.7925000; -122.4005000 (345 California Center)
  • Tallest mid-block skyscraper in San Francisco
  • Tallest building constructed in the city in the 1980s[28][29]
  • The height shown includes flagpoles.
6 Millennium Tower 645 (197) 58 Hotel, Residential 2009 37°47′25.44″N 122°23′45.96″W / 37.7904000°N 122.3961000°W / 37.7904000; -122.3961000 (Millennium Tower)
  • Tallest building constructed in the city in the 2000s[30]
  • Fact: The Millennium Tower has tilted up to 2 inches a year and has sunk as much as 3 inches per year
7 One Rincon Hill 641 (195) 60 Residential 2008 37°47′8.8″N 122°23′31.7″W / 37.785778°N 122.392139°W / 37.785778; -122.392139 (One Rincon Hill South Tower)
  • Originally known as One Rincon Hill South Tower.
  • Tallest all-residential building in the city.[31][32][33][34]
8 Park Tower at Transbay 605 (184) 43 Office 2018 37°47′25″N 122°23′39″W / 37.79028°N 122.39417°W / 37.79028; -122.39417 (Park Tower at Transbay) [35][36][37]
9 50 Fremont Center 600 (183) 43 Office 1985 37°47′25.7″N 122°23′50.1″W / 37.790472°N 122.397250°W / 37.790472; -122.397250 (50 Fremont Center) [38][39]
101 California Street 600 (183) 48 Office 1982 37°47′34.26″N 122°23′52.55″W / 37.7928500°N 122.3979306°W / 37.7928500; -122.3979306 (101 California Street) [40][41]
11 The Avery (Transbay Block 8)* 575 (175) 56 Residential 2019 37°47′16″N 122°23′39″W / 37.78778°N 122.39417°W / 37.78778; -122.39417 (The Avert (Transbay Block 8)) [42][43][44]
12 Market Center 573 (175) 40 Office 1975 37°47′22.38″N 122°24′1.08″W / 37.7895500°N 122.4003000°W / 37.7895500; -122.4003000 (Chevron Tower)
13 Four Embarcadero Center 571 (174) 45 Office 1982 37°47′42.72″N 122°23′45.96″W / 37.7952000°N 122.3961000°W / 37.7952000; -122.3961000 (Four Embarcadero Center) [47][48]
14 One Embarcadero Center 568 (173) 45 Office 1971 37°47′40.2″N 122°23′58.92″W / 37.794500°N 122.3997000°W / 37.794500; -122.3997000 (One Embarcadero Center) [49][50]
15 44 Montgomery Street 565 (172) 43 Office 1967 37°47′23.28″N 122°24′6.48″W / 37.7898000°N 122.4018000°W / 37.7898000; -122.4018000 (44 Montgomery Street)
  • Tallest building in California from 1967 to 1969[51][52]
16 Spear Tower 564 (172) 43 Office 1976 37°47′35.84″N 122°23′40.27″W / 37.7932889°N 122.3945194°W / 37.7932889; -122.3945194 (One Market Plaza, Spear Tower) [53][54]
17 One Sansome Street 550 (168) 41 Office 1984 37°47′25.5″N 122°24′4.6″W / 37.790417°N 122.401278°W / 37.790417; -122.401278 (One Sansome Street)
  • Also known as the Citigroup Center[55][56]
18 The Harrison 541 (165) 49 Residential 2014 37°47′11.04″N 122°23′31.44″W / 37.7864000°N 122.3920667°W / 37.7864000; -122.3920667 (One Rincon Hill North Tower)
  • Originally known as One Rincon Hill North Tower.[57][58]
19 One Front Street 538 (164) 38 Office 1979 37°47′30.5″N 122°23′55.7″W / 37.791806°N 122.398806°W / 37.791806; -122.398806 (One Front Street)
  • Also known as Shaklee Terraces and 444 Market Street[59][60]
20 525 Market Street 528 (161) 39 Office 1973 37°47′25.80″N 122°23′56.76″W / 37.7905000°N 122.3991000°W / 37.7905000; -122.3991000 (First Market Tower) [61][62]
McKesson Plaza 528 (161) 38 Office 1969 37°47′19.32″N 122°24′9.36″W / 37.7887000°N 122.4026000°W / 37.7887000; -122.4026000 (McKesson Plaza) [63][64]
22 425 Market Street 525 (160) 38 Office 1973 37°47′27.96″N 122°23′53.16″W / 37.7911000°N 122.3981000°W / 37.7911000; -122.3981000 (425 Market Street) [65][66]
23 One Montgomery Tower 500 (152) 38 Office 1982 37°47′20.76″N 122°24′11.88″W / 37.7891000°N 122.4033000°W / 37.7891000; -122.4033000 (Post Montgomery Center) [67][68]
24 333 Bush Street 495 (151) 43 Office, Residential 1986 37°47′26.16″N 122°24′10.80″W / 37.7906000°N 122.4030000°W / 37.7906000; -122.4030000 (333 Bush Street) [69][70]
25 Hilton San Francisco Tower I 493 (150) 46 Hotel 1971 37°47′7.08″N 122°24′39.24″W / 37.7853000°N 122.4109000°W / 37.7853000; -122.4109000 (Hilton San Francisco Tower I)
  • Tallest building used exclusively as a hotel in the city[71][72]
26 Pacific Gas & Electric Building 493 (150) 34 Office 1971 37°47′29.76″N 122°23′44.88″W / 37.7916000°N 122.3958000°W / 37.7916000; -122.3958000 (Pacific Gas & Electric Building) [73][74]
27 50 California Street 487 (148) 37 Office 1972 37°47′38.40″N 122°23′50.64″W / 37.7940000°N 122.3974000°W / 37.7940000; -122.3974000 (50 California Street) [75][76]
555 Mission Street 487 (148) 33 Office 2008 37°47′18.60″N 122°23′54.96″W / 37.7885000°N 122.3986000°W / 37.7885000; -122.3986000 (555 Mission Street)
29 St. Regis Museum Tower 484 (148) 42 Hotel, Residential 2005 37°47′10.68″N 122°24′4.68″W / 37.7863000°N 122.4013000°W / 37.7863000; -122.4013000 (St. Regis Museum Tower) [83][84]
30 100 Pine Center 476 (145) 33 Office 1972 37°47′33.32″N 122°23′56.21″W / 37.7925889°N 122.3989472°W / 37.7925889; -122.3989472 (100 Pine Center) [85][86]
45 Fremont Street 476 (145) 34 Office 1978 37°47′28.32″N 122°23′49.56″W / 37.7912000°N 122.3971000°W / 37.7912000; -122.3971000 (45 Fremont Street)
  • Also known as the Bechtel Building[87][88]
32 333 Market Street 472 (144) 33 Office 1979 37°47′30.98″N 122°23′51.00″W / 37.7919389°N 122.3975000°W / 37.7919389; -122.3975000 (333 Market Street) [89][90]
33 650 California Street 466 (142) 34 Office 1964 37°47′34.2″N 122°24′18.7″W / 37.792833°N 122.405194°W / 37.792833; -122.405194 (650 California Street)
  • Tallest building in California from 1965 to 1967
  • Also known as the Hartford Building[91][92]
34 LUMINA I 450 (137) 43 Residential 2015 37°47′19.30″N 122°23′31.99″W / 37.7886944°N 122.3922194°W / 37.7886944; -122.3922194 (LUMINA I) [93][94]
35 100 First Plaza 447 (136) 27 Office 1988 37°47′21.0″N 122°23′51.0″W / 37.789167°N 122.397500°W / 37.789167; -122.397500 (100 First Plaza) [95][96]
36 340 Fremont Street 440 (134) 40 Residential 2016 37°47′13.23″N 122°23′33.86″W / 37.7870083°N 122.3927389°W / 37.7870083; -122.3927389 (340 Fremont Street) [97]
399 Fremont Street 440 (134) 42 Residential 2016 37°47′13.94″N 122°23′31.34″W / 37.7872056°N 122.3920389°W / 37.7872056; -122.3920389 (399 Fremont Street) [98][99]
500 Folsom (Transbay Block 9)* 440 (134) 43 Residential 2019 37°47′14″N 122°23′43″W / 37.78722°N 122.39528°W / 37.78722; -122.39528 (Transbay Block 9)

[100][101]

39 One California 438 (134) 32 Office 1969 37°47′35.52″N 122°23′49.92″W / 37.7932000°N 122.3972000°W / 37.7932000; -122.3972000 (One California) [102][103]
40 San Francisco Marriott Marquis 436 (133) 39 Hotel 1989 37°47′5.64″N 122°24′15.48″W / 37.7849000°N 122.4043000°W / 37.7849000; -122.4043000 (San Francisco Marriott Marquis) [104][105]
41 Russ Building 435 (133) 32 Office 1927 37°47′28.32″N 122°24′10.08″W / 37.7912000°N 122.4028000°W / 37.7912000; -122.4028000 (Russ Building)
  • Tied as the tallest building constructed in the city in the 1920s[106][107]
140 New Montgomery 435 (133) 26 Office 1925 37°47′13.20″N 122°24′0.00″W / 37.7870000°N 122.4000000°W / 37.7870000; -122.4000000 (140 New Montgomery)
  • Tied as the tallest building constructed in the city in the 1920s
  • Originally called the Pacific Telephone Building upon completion[108][109]
43 Jasper 430 (131) 39 Residential 2015 37°47′9.19″N 122°23′37.61″W / 37.7858861°N 122.3937806°W / 37.7858861; -122.3937806 (45 Lansing Street) [110][111]
44 The Infinity II 420 (128) 41 Residential 2009 37°47′21.76″N 122°23′26.39″W / 37.7893778°N 122.3906639°W / 37.7893778; -122.3906639 (The Infinity II) [112]
JPMorgan Chase Building 420 (128) 31 Office 2002 37°47′19.6″N 122°23′58.0″W / 37.788778°N 122.399444°W / 37.788778; -122.399444 (JPMorgan Chase Building, San Francisco) [113][114]
The Paramount 420 (128) 40 Residential 2002 37°47′12.0″N 122°24′7.0″W / 37.786667°N 122.401944°W / 37.786667; -122.401944 (Paramount, San Francisco) [115][116]
47 Providian Financial Building 417 (127) 30 Office 1981 37°47′28.40″N 122°23′42.16″W / 37.7912222°N 122.3950444°W / 37.7912222; -122.3950444 (Providian Financial Building) [117][118]
48 Three Embarcadero Center 413 (126) 31 Office 1977 37°47′42.5″N 122°23′50.5″W / 37.795139°N 122.397361°W / 37.795139; -122.397361 (Three Embarcadero Center) [119][120]
Two Embarcadero Center 413 (126) 30 Office 1974 37°47′41.8″N 122°23′54.5″W / 37.794944°N 122.398472°W / 37.794944; -122.398472 (Two Embarcadero Center) [121][122]
350 Mission Street 413 (126) 27 Office 2015 37°47′27.31″N 122°23′48.25″W / 37.7909194°N 122.3967361°W / 37.7909194; -122.3967361 (350 Mission Street) [123][124]
51 595 Market Street 410 (125) 30 Office 1979 37°47′21.31″N 122°24′2.92″W / 37.7892528°N 122.4008111°W / 37.7892528; -122.4008111 (595 Market Street) [125][126]
52 123 Mission Street 407 (124) 29 Office 1986 37°47′30.84″N 122°23′40.20″W / 37.7919000°N 122.3945000°W / 37.7919000; -122.3945000 (123 Mission Street) [127][128]
53 101 Montgomery 404 (123) 28 Office 1984 37°47′25.44″N 122°24′8.64″W / 37.7904000°N 122.4024000°W / 37.7904000; -122.4024000 (101 Montgomery) [129][130]
Embarcadero West 404 (123) 34 Office 1989 37°47′37.9″N 122°24′1.6″W / 37.793861°N 122.400444°W / 37.793861; -122.400444 (Embarcadero West) [131][132]
55 100 Van Ness Avenue 400 (122) 29 Residential 1974 37°46′36.2″N 122°25′09.1″W / 37.776722°N 122.419194°W / 37.776722; -122.419194 (100 Van Ness Avenue)
  • Originally completed as an office tower in 1974 before residential conversion in 2014
  • Also known as the California Automobile Association Building[133][134][135]
LUMINA II 400 (122) 38 Residential 2015 37°47′19.47″N 122°23′29.41″W / 37.7887417°N 122.3915028°W / 37.7887417; -122.3915028 (LUMINA II) [136]

* indicates still under construction, but has been topped out

Tallest under construction, approved and proposed[edit]

Under construction[edit]

This lists buildings that are under construction in San Francisco and are planned to rise at least 100 meters (328 ft). Under construction buildings that have already been topped out are also included.

Name Height
ft (m)
Floors Use Year
(est.)
Coordinates Notes
Oceanwide Center, Tower 1 910 (278) 61 Office, Residential 2021 37°47′24″N 122°23′53″W / 37.79000°N 122.39806°W / 37.79000; -122.39806 (Oceanwide Center Tower 1)
  • Will be the second tallest building in San Francisco once completed, only behind the Salesforce Tower.
  • Construction started December 2016.[137][138][139]
Oceanwide Center, Tower 2 625 (191) 54 Hotel, Residential 2021 37°47′22.24″N 122°23′53.71″W / 37.7895111°N 122.3982528°W / 37.7895111; -122.3982528 (50 First Street Tower 2)
  • This project contains a 169-room Waldorf Astoria San Francisco hotel on the first 21 floors and approximately 154 residential units on the upper 33 floors.[137][138]
The Avery (Transbay Block 8) 575 (175) 56 Residential 2019 37°47′16″N 122°23′39″W / 37.78778°N 122.39417°W / 37.78778; -122.39417 (Transbay Block 8)
  • This project contains approximately 554 units from developer Related California and architecture firm OMA.[42][43][44]
  • Topped-out in June 2018.[140]
706 Mission Street 510 (155) 43 Museum, Residential 2020 37°47′10″N 122°24′9″W / 37.78611°N 122.40250°W / 37.78611; -122.40250 (706 Mission Street)
  • This project will contain 190 condominiums and an expanded Mexican Museum.
  • Construction began in February 2016.[141][142]
500 Folsom (Transbay Block 9) 440 (134) 43 Residential 2019 37°47′14″N 122°23′43″W / 37.78722°N 122.39528°W / 37.78722; -122.39528 (Transbay Block 9)
  • This project will contain 563 residential units on Folsom Street between First and Essex streets.[143]
  • Construction started in March 2016.[100][144][145][146]
  • Topped-out in January 2019.[101]
MIRA 422 (129) 39 Residential 2020 37°47′23.9″N 122°23′30.0″W / 37.789972°N 122.391667°W / 37.789972; -122.391667 (160 Folsom Street)
1500 Mission Street 416 (127) 39 Office, Residential 2020 37°46′26″N 122°25′06″W / 37.7738°N 122.4184°W / 37.7738; -122.4184 (1500 Mission Street)
  • This project consists of a 550-unit residential tower and a shorter office tower for the City of San Francisco.[153][154][155]

Approved[edit]

This lists buildings that are approved for construction in San Francisco and are planned to rise at least 100 meters (328 ft).

Name Height
ft (m)
Floors Year
(est.)
Coordinates Notes
524 Howard Street 515 (157) 48 37°47′17.67″N 122°23′49.33″W / 37.7882417°N 122.3970361°W / 37.7882417; -122.3970361 (524 Howard Street)
5M Project Residential Tower 470 (143) 40 37°46′52.34″N 122°24′25.23″W / 37.7812056°N 122.4070083°W / 37.7812056; -122.4070083 (5M Project)
  • This project contains office and residential on 4 acres (1.6 ha) at Fifth and Mission.[160][161][162]
One Oak 426 (130) 40 2021 37°46′30.37″N 122°25′12.04″W / 37.7751028°N 122.4200111°W / 37.7751028; -122.4200111 (One Oak)
555 Howard Street 405 (123) 36 2020 37°47′15″N 122°23′49″W / 37.787424°N 122.396911°W / 37.787424; -122.396911 (555 Howard Street)
  • This project includes 69 condominiums over a 255-room hotel.[166][167][168]
5M Project Office Tower 395 (120) 23 37°46′52.34″N 122°24′25.23″W / 37.7812056°N 122.4070083°W / 37.7812056; -122.4070083 (5M Project)
  • This project contains office and residential on 4 acres (1.6 ha) at Fifth and Mission.[160][162][169]

Proposed[edit]

This lists buildings that are proposed in San Francisco and are planned to rise at least 100 meters (328 ft).

Name Height
ft (m)
Floors* Year*
(est.)
Coordinates Notes
Transbay Parcel F 806 (246) 64 37°47′17″N 122°23′50″W / 37.7880°N 122.3973°W / 37.7880; -122.3973 (Parcel F) [170][171]
Palace Hotel Residential Tower 669 (204) 60 37°47′15.93″N 122°24′6.08″W / 37.7877583°N 122.4016889°W / 37.7877583; -122.4016889 (Palace Hotel Residential Tower)
  • This project is also known as Two New Montgomery.[172][173]
One Montgomery Street 500 (152) 33 37°47′21″N 122°24′09″W / 37.789203°N 122.402618°W / 37.789203; -122.402618 (One Montgomery Street) [174]
Sun Tower[note 2] 450 (137) 37°49′10.66″N 122°22′19.20″W / 37.8196278°N 122.3720000°W / 37.8196278; -122.3720000 (Sun Tower, Treasure Island)
1481 Post Street 410 (125) 36 37°47′8.65″N 122°25′34.08″W / 37.7857361°N 122.4261333°W / 37.7857361; -122.4261333 (1481 Post Street)
  • This project is also referred to as Cathedral Hill Plaza II and Post Street Tower.[180][181][182]
30 Van Ness 400 (122) 42 [183]
655 4th Street 400 (122) 40 [184]
10 South Van Ness 400 (122) 38 37°46′27.45″N 122°25′10.46″W / 37.7742917°N 122.4195722°W / 37.7742917; -122.4195722 (10 South Van Ness) [185]
10 South Van Ness Tower B 400 (122) 38 [186]
48 Tehama Street 366 (112) 30 [187]
Central SOMA Tower 350 (107) 37
98 Franklin Street 332 (101) 31 [191]

* Table entries with dashes (—) indicate that information regarding building floor counts or dates of completion has not yet been released.

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in San Francisco as well as the current titleholder, the Salesforce Tower.

The original Palace Hotel stood as San Francisco's tallest building from 1875 until 1890.
Name Image Street address Years as tallest Height
ft (m)
Floors Notes / Reference
Montgomery Block G. R. Fardon (British - (Montgomery Block, Montgomery Street) - Google Art Project.jpg 628 Montgomery Street 1853–1854 ~50 (15) 4 [192][193][194]
Old Saint Mary's Cathedral OldSaintMarysCathedralSF.jpg 660 California Street 1854–1875 90 (27) 1 [195][196][197][198]
Palace Hotel Palace Hotel and Lotta's Fountain.jpg 2 New Montgomery Street 1875–1890 120 (37) 7 [note 3][199][200]
Chronicle Building Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, San Francisco.jpg 690 Market Street 1890–1898 218 (66) 10 [201]
Call Building Central Tower And Flag.jpg 703 Market Street 1898–1922 315 (96) 15 [note 4][202]
225 Bush Street Eastern side of 225 Bush Street.jpg 225 Bush Street 1922–1925 328 (100) 22 [203]
140 New Montgomery PacBell Building, northeast corner.jpg 140 New Montgomery Street 1925–1964 435 (133) 26 [note 5][108]
Russ Building Russ Building San Francisco May 2014.jpg 235 Montgomery Street 1927–1964 435 (133) 31 [note 5][106]
650 California Street 650 California.jpg 650 California Street 1964–1967 466 (142) 33 [note 6][91]
44 Montgomery Street 44 Montgomery Street San Francisco.jpg 44 Montgomery Street 1967–1969 565 (172) 43 [51]
555 California Street Bank of America Tower San Francisco.jpg 555 California Street 1969–1972 779 (237) 52 [note 7][26]
Transamerica Pyramid SF Transamerica full CA.jpg 600 Montgomery Street 1972–2018 853 (260) 48 [21]
Salesforce Tower Salesforce Tower SF 2017.jpg 415 Mission Street 2018–present 1,070 (326) 61 [204]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Based on existing and under construction buildings over 150 meters tall. New York has 320 existing and under construction buildings at least 492 feet (150 m); Chicago has 134; Miami has 57; Houston has 36; Los Angeles has 34; Dallas has 20; San Francisco has 28. Source of Skyline ranking information: SkyscraperPage.com diagrams: New York City, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco (as of September 2018).
  2. ^ Building is said to be somewhere between 450 feet (137 m) and 650 feet (198 m). "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ The original Palace Hotel burned down in 1906.
  4. ^ The Call Building was renamed the Spreckels Building in 1913 and was heavily modified in 1938, lowering its height to 299 feet (91 m).
  5. ^ a b The Russ Building, completed in 1927, tied the height of the Pacific Telephone Building. The city therefore had two tallest buildings for a period of 38 years, until the Hartford Building was completed in 1965.
  6. ^ This building was constructed as the Hartford Building, but is now more commonly known as 650 California Street.
  7. ^ This building was constructed as the Bank of America Center, but was renamed to 555 California Street in 2005.

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