Vornado Realty Trust: New York, Washington, DC Office, Retail and Merchanise Mart.
A signature building designed by renowned architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons.


One of the great 20th Century skyscrapers in America, the 52-story office tower at 555 California Street has dominated the San Francisco skyline since its completion in 1969.

It was designed by Pietro Belluschi and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons.

According to Belluschi, the inspiration for the building's monumental form came from a poster of basaltic formations in the Cascade Mountains that appeared on a Sierra Club poster. The form was also influenced by experimenting with a stack of pencils and a model with sliding wood sticks to symbolize erosion.

Belluschi also did not want the windows to stand out like dark holes and therefore designed the tower with dark polished granite and tinted bay windows so that many reflections would be of the dark masonry façade.

The tower's initial major tenant, the Bank of America, wanted a striking, sculptural, skyline building and Belluschi's design is a soaring and impressive tower of bold proportions that over the decades has lost none of its very elegant monumentality.

555 California Street is the focal point of San Francisco's skyline and its business community and represents the ultimate in location, tenant comfort and services as well as quality of materials and finishes. Located in the heart of the city's financial district, it has easy access as well to retail and residential centers and public transportation.