The 476-foot tall office building at 45 Fremont Street is tied as the 37th tallest building in the Bay Area planned or built. The low-profile tower was completed in 1978 by Shorenstein Properties, one of the city’s most prominent landlords, and involved with three other properties already featured on the SFYIMBY Tallest 52 Towers countdown.
While sales for housing on Yerba Buena Island are underway, the first sign of concrete is finally visible on Treasure Island. The first of many buildings to come is rising at parcel C3.2, a 100% affordable housing development called the Maceo May Apartments. Its 105 units are a fraction of the largest master plan for residential construction in the Bay Area. The approximately 8,000-unit plan for the two islands is being developed by Treasure Island Community Development (TICD), a partnership with Stockbridge Capital Group, Wilson Meany, and Lennar Corporation.
The 40th tallest skyscraper in the Bay Area planned or built is the Hartford Building at 650 California Street. The office building is in San Francisco’s Financial District and Chinatown, rising 466 feet above the street. The modernist tower was among the first in a wave that establishes San Francisco’s urban core as we know it today. It faced fierce opposition from many locals, leading then-mayor George Christopher to tell the SF Chronicle in 1962, “Our city is getting a reputation among investors of perhaps encouraging too much opposition. They feel they have to satisfy not only legalities but the artistic whims of the community.” The Hartford Building became the tallest building in San Francisco when Hartford Insurance completed it in 1964.
The 41st tallest skyscraper in the Bay Area built or planned is 95 Hawthorne Street, a proposed residential tower around the corner from the Moscone Center in SoMa, San Francisco. The tower rises 444 feet tall to the top floor and 461 feet to its peak. With the property’s 2007 sale and permit valuation combined, the development costs will go well over a third of a billion dollars. The Boston-based property owner, John Hancock Life Insurance Company, has partnered with Holland Partner Group as joint developers.
Standing at the Salesforce Tower’s foot, 100 First Plaza is not among the city’s most recognizable structures. By comparison, it almost appears short. Yet, with a pinnacle 447 feet above street level, it is the 42nd tallest building in the Bay Area built or planned. The tower, located at 100 First Street in SoMa, opened in 1988 with a postmodernist design from the office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.