555 California Street (San Francisco, CA) : View looking east depicting the banking hall at the east end of the plaza

Creator:
Belluschi, Pietro, 1899-1994
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1939-
Published/Created:
555 California Street, San Francisco, California, United States
1972
Physical Description:
779 ft (height)
Date Depicted:
ca. 1990's
1950 AD - 2010 AD
Materials:
red granite
steel
Notes:
555 California Street was meant to be a deliberate and unmistakable display of Bank of America's importance. To that end, the center was handled by top architecture firms Wurster, Benardi and Emmons and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, with architect Pietro Belluschi consulting. The structural engineering was performed by the renowned San Francisco firm H. J. Brunnier Associates. The skyscraper incorporates thousands of bay windows thanks to its unique design, meant to improve the rental value. At the north foot of the skyscraper is a large plaza named in honor of Bank of America founder A.P. Giannini. Nearly the entire block--the skyscraper, the banking hall, the plaza, the stairways, and the sidewalks--is clad in costly polished or rough carnelian granite. An exclusive restaurant, the Carnelian Room, is located on the 52nd floor. BankAmerica Corporation was forced to sell the building following losses in 1987.
Variant Titles:
Bank of America Center
Topics:
Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Modern
Modernist
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
1A1-SOM-BA-B2
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architectural exteriors; business, commerce and trade; contemporary (1960 to present) construction buildings; commercial buildings; financial institutions; banks (buildings); buildings; multistory buildings; high-rise buildings; skyscrapers; buildings; o
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Base Collection
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
ca. 1990's
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10092459
PID:
digcoll:1867352