The Transamerica Pyramid is a defining symbol of San Francisco and one of the world’s most recognisable buildings.
But it’s not always been held in such esteem – and the building had to battle intense opposition and overcome some extreme engineering challenges to become reality, before steadily earning its place in the city’s heart over time.
While engineered to withstand the strongest Californian earthquakes, some of the tower’s biggest struggles have in fact been with public opinion.
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Narrated by Fred Mills.
Additional footage and images courtesy of H.G. Wilshire, United States Geological Survey, SkyscraperPage, Tony Webster, Frank Schulenburg, OpenSFHistory, Google Earth, United States National Archives, Francesco Bini, Tristan Suretel, C.E. Meyer, Transamerica Corporation, The West End and Wally Gobetz.
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