The Paramount, San Francisco

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The Paramount
The Paramount, San Francisco.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Residential apartments
Location 680 Mission Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′12.0″N 122°24′07.0″W / 37.786667°N 122.401944°W / 37.786667; -122.401944Coordinates: 37°47′12.0″N 122°24′07.0″W / 37.786667°N 122.401944°W / 37.786667; -122.401944
Construction started 2000
Opening 2002
Roof 420 ft (130 m)
Technical details
Floor count 40
Floor area 660,000 sq ft (61,320 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning, Inc.
Structural engineer Englekirk Structural Engineers
Main contractor Charles Pankow Builders
Other information
Number of units 495

The Paramount, or 680 Mission Street at Third, is a 40-story rental-apartment tower that is located South of Market just outside the Financial District on Mission Street in San Francisco.[2]


Construction of the 420-foot (128-m) tower was completed in 2002. Upon completion, the building was the tallest concrete-framed structure located in Seismic Zone 4. It was also the tallest all-residential building in San Francisco from 2002 to 2008.[2]

The Paramount is one of several new highrise projects completed or under construction on Mission Street since 2000. Other examples include 555 Mission Street, St. Regis Museum Tower, Millennium Tower, 101 Second Street, and the JP MorganChase Building.


UC Santa Cruz chancellor Denice Denton leapt to her death from the roof on 24 June 2006.[4]

She shared an apartment with her partner, Gretchen Kalonji, a former professor of materials science at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her mother, Carolyn Mabee, was in the building when Denton died, and reportedly said her daughter was "very depressed" about her professional and personal life.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Paramount". Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Paramount". Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  3. ^ "Housing Inventory 2001-2004". San Francisco Planning Department. July 2005. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  4. ^ Vega, Cecilia M.; VanDerbeken, Jaxon (2006-06-24). "UC Santa Cruz chancellor jumps to her death in S.F.". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  5. ^ Sideman, Roger (2006-11-04). "Autopsy report details Denton's last days". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 

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