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With permission from the owner Teknoturd, here are his pics...

And away we go!

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And away we go!

Old school on Montgomery. One of my favorites.

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Awesome gothic high rise on Montgomery.

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Peek-a-boo! I see you BofA building!

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One of SF's most overlooked, and no justice is done in this pic.

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The statues on the roof really make that building unique.

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BofA looking mighty washed out

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Montgomery St. canyon.

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The Palace, fit for a king, with the Paramount and the St. Regis looking washed out.

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Old meeds new, and finally a peek at the perfect colored sky.

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Embarcadero 1,2,3, and 4. Most think they are ugly, I find them intriguing.

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The Ferry building withstood the great quake of 1906 and 1989, still standing proud and welcoming ferries to the city.

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Dunno what this building is and it has a twin that is hidden. It's gotta good style.

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Ding Ding! Going to the beach? Nope not anymore. This beach streetcar from England now serves the F-Line in the city.

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I decided to hope aboard the topless streetcar to get a good view of the buildings so thats why there are crazy party lights and electrical cables in a lot of my pictures.

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Never noticed this beauty, look at the top section, I thought that was really cool.

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Very old meets, well...blah.

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Ooooh-La-La. Bank turned Emporio Armani, I'll allow it.

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I saw on VH1 that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake stayed here a lot while they were...um...screwing each other, so yea.

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I think of that crappy Eiffel 65 when I see this building.

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Living in the lap of luxury...in the Fox Plaza. *BARF*

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Another friendly streetcar, this one's from Milan, Italy.

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MINT!

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My Grandpa's old house. If you can name the area or street you get...um...nothing, but it'd be cool if you could.

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Metro snuck up on me

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Mmmmmm new Mission Bay housing.

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Well I hope you like the tour. I appologize about the shutter speed screwing up the lighting in some of the pics, but when you're in the shadows of canyons and whatnot it's hard to judge what would be best.

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Im guessing your grandfather's house is either in the haight area or castro.

maybe western addition?

hmm but that hill is telling me haight. am i right? am i cool?

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These pictures are cool, but this tour is not complete; where is the Transamerica Pyramid, SF's most iconic and tallest building? No tour is ever complete without the Transamerica Pyramid included! ^_^

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OK. i don't want any flack for this not being at street level. it's all i have, and it seems like a lot of you guys are going through Transamerica Pyramidal Withdrawal (TPW) and I want to help. so here!

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Wow! I really enjoyed the photos. I moved out of the City a year and a half ago and live in the suburbs but, tell you the truth, when I did live there going downtown was such a hassle that I feel like I haven't seen those buildings in years LOL.

Sort of funny to see all these requests for photos of the Transamerica Pyramid and how it's become the most iconic building of San Francisco. When it was built, it was one of the City's most HATED buildings because...gasp...the architect was from LOS ANGELES! Not only that but it's also the site of the Montgomery "Monkey" Block that was demolished in the 1950s to create a parking lot...go figure. The Monkey Block was one of SF's most beloved buildings--survived the Quake--and lots of famous people hung out there including Mark Twain and a man named Tom Sawyer.

The building in the 2nd photo used to be the Banque de Paris (who owned Bank of the West). I remember I liked to go there as a kid because a lot of the employees spoke French.

The gothic highrise in 3rd photo used to be the Pacific Bell headquarters. I think it was the first large building built after the Quake. Does it still have the gargoyles on it? (I heard they were removed the last time the building was renovated :(

The building in the photo below the photo of the Ferry Building is the Rincon Center...? I think it has the Post Office and the towers are condos (or maybe office space).

The building that's in the two photos below the photos of the topless streetcar (the beauty you never noticed) is the Merchants Exchange. Its architect was Daniel Burnham and it survived the Quake. These days the building hosts large events and parties. The interior--renovated by Julia Morgan--is equally impressive, especially the ballroom on the top floor. Definitely go inside if you ever get the chance.

One building I wish you'd photographed is the Old Mint on 5th St between Mission and Market. It's been closed for years but when it was open it was one of the most intriguing places in the City.

Sorry for all the unsolicited trivia! :)

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Sort of funny to see all these requests for photos of the Transamerica Pyramid and how it's become the most iconic building of San Francisco. When it was built, it was one of the City's most HATED buildings because...gasp...the architect was from LOS ANGELES! Not only that but it's also the site of the Montgomery "Monkey" Block that was demolished in the 1950s to create a parking lot...go figure. The Monkey Block was one of SF's most beloved buildings--survived the Quake--and lots of famous people hung out there including Mark Twain and a man named Tom Sawyer.

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You know, it seems that most of the world's treasured icons were hated when they were first constructed. Prime examples are the former World Trade Center towers in New York, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. I know that both were detested when they were constructed too.

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Wow! this is actually the first time i have seen about 80% of those buildings. I really want to make a trip over to San Fran. that topless street car looks really cool.

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Me adn my friend are contemplating one heck of a move from Tally FLa to San Fran. Looks like there might be the same amount of shade... ours is from trees though..lol

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Awesome photos, especially the "canyon" one. That's one of the reasons I love Chicago, since you can go down most any street and it's like being in a canyon. San Francisco looks like a cool place... and that open streetcar thing is a little different, but cool.

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That is the California Center. Originally build at the 1st Interstate Tower. The top 20/15 floors are the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. At 48 floors it is currently the city's third tallest tower (soon to be fourth once Millenium Partners finish 301 Mission). Poor building, if the Transbay developments get approved, it'll slide all the way to 8th tallest :(

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Wow! I really enjoyed the photos. I moved out of the City a year and a half ago and live in the suburbs but, tell you the truth, when I did live there going downtown was such a hassle that I feel like I haven't seen those buildings in years LOL.

Sort of funny to see all these requests for photos of the Transamerica Pyramid and how it's become the most iconic building of San Francisco. When it was built, it was one of the City's most HATED buildings because...gasp...the architect was from LOS ANGELES! Not only that but it's also the site of the Montgomery "Monkey" Block that was demolished in the 1950s to create a parking lot...go figure. The Monkey Block was one of SF's most beloved buildings--survived the Quake--and lots of famous people hung out there including Mark Twain and a man named Tom Sawyer.

The building in the 2nd photo used to be the Banque de Paris (who owned Bank of the West). I remember I liked to go there as a kid because a lot of the employees spoke French.

The gothic highrise in 3rd photo used to be the Pacific Bell headquarters. I think it was the first large building built after the Quake. Does it still have the gargoyles on it? (I heard they were removed the last time the building was renovated :(

The building in the photo below the photo of the Ferry Building is the Rincon Center...? I think it has the Post Office and the towers are condos (or maybe office space).

The building that's in the two photos below the photos of the topless streetcar (the beauty you never noticed) is the Merchants Exchange. Its architect was Daniel Burnham and it survived the Quake. These days the building hosts large events and parties. The interior--renovated by Julia Morgan--is equally impressive, especially the ballroom on the top floor. Definitely go inside if you ever get the chance.

One building I wish you'd photographed is the Old Mint on 5th St between Mission and Market. It's been closed for years but when it was open it was one of the most intriguing places in the City.

Sorry for all the unsolicited trivia! :)

Re: the Pacbell building, are you sure that's the old Pacbell HQ? First, the Pacbell building is granite (pale grey), not the earthtone color in the photo. Second, the photograper put it on Montgomery, not New Montgomery. Based on all his shots, he actually never crossed Market (The Palace long-shot from Montgomery near McKesson/One Post; the shot of Rincon Place down Stuart. I want think the building is actually the neo-gothic tower near Schwab's HQ on Montgomery (not the old Mills Building on Bush, which has similar cladding).

P.S. The Old Mint is being refurbished as the San Francisco Historic Society Museum

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