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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

Walking Tours in San Francisco, California

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

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San Francisco Introduction Walk

San Francisco Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Famous Architecture Walking Tour

Famous Architecture Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Castro District Walking Tour

Castro District Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
North Beach Walking Tour

North Beach Walking Tour

North Beach is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, known as San Francisco's Little Italy. This fun area features a great mix of architecture, museums, restaurants and old shops. Take this tour to explore the beauties that North Beach has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Union Square Walking Tour

Union Square Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles

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