Thursday, January 02, 2014
Reflections on Buildings
The glass facade of the SFJAZZ Center reflects the building across Franklin Street which is festooned with photo blow-ups of old jazz stars, setting up a visual echo.
A block away, the transformation of 100 Van Ness from an office skyscraper to a luxury rental building continues...
...and the new glass facade for the building is currently being installed upwards from the bottom floors.
Further north on Van Ness and Geary, the old Jack Tar/Cathedral Hill Hotel is being carefully dismantled to make way for the new Sutter Health hospital complex. The hotel's major claims to fame in my mind was being the site for the central murder in Coppola's 1970s film The Conversation and also hosting Werner Erhard's early EST seminars in the same decade.
The newly rehabbed 50 United Nations Plaza building on McAllister Street continues to improve the neighborhood as it reflects light magically...
...while the new hole in the ground at nearby Market Street between 5th and 6th allows for even more light-filled sky which will probably soon be obliterated by another large development.