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555 Washington: Residential versus Office design
A plugged-in tipster notes a neighborhood meeting this evening (5/12) to “preview” the proposed designs for 555 Washington Street and an expanded Redwood Park.
Redwood Park Rendering
The line that caught – and almost brought a tear to – our eyes:

The Jackson Square Historic District property owners, the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association, the North Beach Neighbors and other neighborhood organizations are in support of the new 240+ condominiums, next to the TransAmerica Pyramid.

5:00 PM in the Small conference center building in the Transamerica Pyramid block.
Out Of The Shadow And Into The Spotlight: 555 Washington Designs [SocketSite]
248 Condos (and 38 Stories) In The Shadow Of The Pyramid [SocketSite]

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by sf

    The original proposal does meet the Transamerica architect’s purpose which is that tall buildings should let light down to the streets- he did this with tapered crowns and this building appears to do the same- tapering off into the air. I wonder what color it will be?

  2. Posted by dub dub

    Try *that* in Chicago (the redwoods, I mean) 🙂

  3. Posted by midcentfan

    I don’t think this provides a good counterpunch visually to the pyramid. It’s a great building –for another location.

  4. Posted by JC

    Where will this meeting be held???

  5. Posted by CameronRex

    Any insight as to why the local neighborhood associations seem to be on board with this? Is it just because the alternative tower is so blah? The larger Redwood Park? They are usually anti everything.

  6. Posted by God

    No need to have a meeting. I will let you know what to do, all in due time. Be patient, little ones.

  7. Posted by frederick

    The Neighborhood groups, from Chinatown, North Beach, Jackson Square and the Barbary Coast are in favor of bringing a residential component to an office and business district of San Francisco.
    The proposed larger public park, but privately maintained will be popular with the new condominium owners as well as the business neighbors.
    The proposed height (40 stories) of the new building is still subject to various public hearings, of which there will opportuities for divergent opinioins.
    Frederick

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