Hallidie Building, a pioneering use of glass curtain walls


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Jaden Wooten

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  1. In this building I used to work. They had just put up scaffolding to begin a major fire escape repair, and about 2 weeks before they took down the scaffolding, I ended up leaving that work.

    When I finally saw what the building really looked like, I was surprised, it was unbelievable.

  2. When it was first built, it was also almost universally despised. Willis Polk, the architect, was asked to create a new building. He was influenced by a structure he had seen in Paris. Never again did he plan a house. And modernism, then…

    The building is named after the pioneer of the SF cable car, Andrew Smith Hallidie.

    It is the new home of the chapter of the SF AIA, starting this year!

  3. “In this building I used to work. They had just put up scaffolding to begin a major fire escape repair, and about 2 weeks before they took down the scaffolding, I ended up leaving that work.

    When I finally saw what the building really looked like, I was surprised, it was unbelievable.”

  4. “When it was first built, it was also almost universally despised. Willis Polk, the architect, was asked to create a new building. He was influenced by a structure he had seen in Paris. Never again did he plan a house. And modernism, then…

    The building is named after the pioneer of the SF cable car, Andrew Smith Hallidie.

    It is the new home of the chapter of the SF AIA, starting this year!”

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