Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings; built works - commercial buildings - stores

Designers: Irvine Ranch Company (firm); Murphy/Jahn Architects (firm); Helmut Jahn (architect); Charles Francis Murphy (architect)

Dates: constructed 1991

34 stories, total floor area: 623,000 sq. ft.

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600 West Broadway
Downtown, San Diego, CA 92101-3302

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Chicago-based architect Helmut Jahn (b. 01/04/1940) alluded to German Romanesque architecture for the faceted top of this notable San Diego skyscraper.

Building History

Chicago-based architectural firm Murphy-Jahn Architects collaborated with the San Diego partnership KMA Architecture (formerly known as Krommenhoek McKeown and Associates) on the design of this 34-story, 623,000-square-foot skyscraper. Murphy-Jahn often produced towers with this faceted top, reminiscent of the bell towers of Speyer Cathederal (consecrated in 1061), a German Romanesque church reconstructed heavily in the 19th century. This faceted roof, in an exaggerated form, can be seen in One and Two Liberty Place (1987-1990) a prominent sight on the Philadelphia skyline also by Murphy-Jahn. Murphy-Jahn worked with the developer, the Irvine Company, who also built the city's second tallest building, Symphony Towers.

PCAD id: 17939