555 California Street, San Francisco

555 California Street, San Francisco

Apart from being the second tallest building in the city of San Francisco, 555 California Street, is a display of wealth and power of the Bank of America. Formerly known as the Bank of America Centre, this 52- story sky scraper is located in the “FiDi” or Financial District, a commercial area of San Francisco city. Built in 1969, the building was designed by Pietro Belluschi and architectural responsibilities were shared by famous firms Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons.

A large plaza made as a mark of honour for A.P. Giannini, the founder of the Bank of America, lies to the north of the building. Masayuki Nagare’s granite sculpture called ‘Transcendence’ is located in this plaza. A high speed elevator would take you to the exclusive restaurant on the 52nd floor called the ‘Carnelian Room’- derived from carnelian granite, which this building is clad in. However, the recession closed this unique restaurant in 2009. The bay windows commonly seen in the city also form of a part of this magnanimous architecture.

Apart from housing offices of some big names in business like Goldman Sachs, Kirkland and Ellis, Barclays Capital, Morgan Stanley etc., the building has also made appearances in movies like ‘An Eye for an Eye’ and ‘The Towering Inferno’. The 1998 merger with Nations Bank moved the headquarters of Bank of America to Charlotte and the $1.05 billion sale in 2005, renamed the building 555 California Street, as we know it today.
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Sight Name: 555 California Street
Sight Location: San Francisco, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour I   Famous Architecture Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in San Francisco, California

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Francisco is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood is home to world-class entertainment opportunities in San Francisco. The historic tourist attractions make the area a popular place to visit. Fisherman's Wharf is an important center of the city's historic fishing industry. Take this walking tour to explore the most visited sights in Fisherman's Wharf.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
SoMa/Civic Center Nightlife

SoMa/Civic Center Nightlife

Home to some of the most exciting clubs and bars found the world over, the Nightlife Tour in San Francisco features a wide selection of hot spots to dance the night away. Being a major metropolitan area with a diverse community, the range of musical flavors available here is truly astounding. Whether looking for top DJs or big name music acts, or just a solid local talent spinning your favorite...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
City Orientation Walking Tour II

City Orientation Walking Tour II

The unmatched beauty of San Francisco combined with its riches of instantly recognizable structures and locales has attracted filmmakers from around the world for over 100 years. San Francisco has provided and continues to provide the backdrop for some of the most famous movie
scenes ever filmed. It is almost impossible to traverse the sights of San Francisco without conjuring an image from a...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Japantown Walking Tour

Japantown Walking Tour

Japantown in San Francisco is the oldest Japanese community in the continental United States. The first Japanese immigrants came to San Francisco in the 1860s. Located in the heart of San Francisco, this six block area is a colorful, friendly community, that is home to some of the best Japanese cultural, eating and entertainment venues in the United States. Take this tour to explore most visited...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Union Square Walking Tour

Union Square Walking Tour

Union Square is known as San Francisco's most popular shopping destination and the third largest shopping area in the United States. In addition to that, Union Square features many amazing restaurants, theaters and a wonderful concentration of fine art galleries. Take this walking tour to explore Union Square's main tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Famous Architecture Walking Tour

Famous Architecture Walking Tour

San Francisco is one of the world's top travel destinations, being famous for spectacular tourist attractions like Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. But besides that, this city also features a large variety of world-known architecture, like Transamerica Pyramid, Grace Cathedral and others. Take this walking tour to explore the most famous architectural...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles

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