It all began in 1968 when President John R. Beckett noticed that the trees in a city park - unlike the surrounding, box-like buildings - allowed natural light and fresh air to filter down to the streets below. Wishing to achieve the same effect with Transamerica's new headquarters, an unconventional pyramid shape was chosen for the building.
The result: a refreshing openness that allowed access to the environment. The Transamerica Pyramid is now both a distinctive structure revered by San Franciscans and a landmark of international recognition.
The Transamerica Pyramid is located in the heart of the Montgomery Financial District at 600 Montgomery Street in San Francisco, California. It is a part of Transamerica Center (a complex that includes Two Transamerica Center and Transamerica Redwood Park) and encompasses nearly one city block.
The Transamerica Pyramid building and logos featuring it are registered trademarks of Transamerica Corporation and are the company's primary identifiers of product authenticity.
Today the building stands as a source of great pride for Transamerica.