The Transamerica Pyramid is as synonymous with San Francisco as the Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars. Arguably one of the most recognized building in the city's skyline, it graces postcards and street art and has an IMDB credit list any working actor would be proud of. Yet an air of mystery surrounds the 50-year-old landmark. Perhaps that's because its futurist design was embroiled in controversy when it debuted in 1969, or because only a special few have made it to the very top of the building.
This now well-loved fixture of San Francisco rises from the city's financial district and spans one whole block on Montgomery Street. The neighborhood was once the center of the city's life and commerce, but in 2022, in the wake of the COVID pandemic, San Francisco's downtown was deemed as the most empty in America. That may be changing as the historical landmark undergoes an extensive renovation aimed at revitalizing the building’s interior and the surrounding area.