Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Johnson / Burgee, Architects (firm); Kendall/Heaton Associates, Incorporated, Architects (firm); John Burgee (architect); James E. Heaton (architect); Philip Cortelyou Johnson (architect); William D. Kendall Jr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1981-1984

23 stories, total floor area: 357,700 sq. ft.

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500-580 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104-1001

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This relatively bland Post-Modernist building generated some controversy among the local architectural community when architect Philip Johnson perversely placed a mansard roof on the top story of a 23-floor skyscraper. The Second Empire mansard and the long, bowing banks of bay windows made reference to San Francsico's large stock of 19th century buildings.

Building History

Johnson/Burgee worked in collaboration with Kendall/Heaton Associates, Architects of San Francisco, CA. This was the second large office building in San Francisco's Financial District produced through the collaboration of Johnson/Burgee Architects and Kendall/Heaton Associates, the first being 101 California Street. Both were developed by Hines Interests Limited Partnership of Houston, TX.

In 12/2015, the New York City-based investment firm, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, purchased the 580 California Street Office Building for about $207.5 million.

Building Notes

New York sculptor Muriel Castanis (1926-2006) produced the hollow draped figures, entitled "The Corporate Goddesses," aligned along the base of the 580 California Street Office Building's mansard roof.

In 2016, the San Francisco County Assessor indicated that the building's 16,125-square-foot parcel had a value of $56,853,501, while the improvement had a taxable value of $51,708,258.

San Francisco County Assessor Number: 0240007

PCAD id: 983