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140 New Montgomery Street, originally known as The Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company Building and, after 1984, as The Pacific Bell Building The The PacBell Building, in the South of Market district of San Francisco (United States). It is a mixed-use art deco office tower located near the St. Regis Museum Tower and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The 26-story building was designed to consolidate numerous smaller buildings and outdated offices into a modern headquarters for The Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co., and as a result, the company designated it as the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co. Coastal Division Offices. although it is known colloquially as The Telephone Building.[1]When it opened on May 30, 1925, the Pacific Telephone Building was San Francisco’s first significant skyscraper development, and was the tallest building in San Francisco, until the Russ Building matched its height in 1927 at the time of its completion. The building was the first skyscraper south of Market Street and, along with the Russ Building, remained the tallest in the city until it was overtaken by 650 California Street in 1964. It was the first skyscraper located on the West Coast to be occupied. only for a single tenant

AT&T sold the building in 2007, and in 2013, the Internet company Yelp is the main tenant.[2][3]

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At the time of its construction, it housed The Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co., a member of the Bell System. The building once had a bell motif in many places on its facade, most notably surrounding the arch above the main entrance doors on New Montgomery Street. After the breakup of the Bell System (AT&T) in 1984, and the formation of the Bell Regional Operating Companies, also known as Baby Bells, Pacific Telephone changed its name to Pacific Bell.[4]

Statues of eight eagles (each 4 m high) perch on the crown of the tower.[5][6]The building has an L-shaped plan and the architecture incorporates decorative spotlights to display the terracotta ornamentation of the exterior day and night.[1]

In 1929, Winston Churchill visited the building and made his first transatlantic phone call, calling his London home.[7][8]

For 44 years until 1978, the top of the roof was used to broadcast official storm warnings to sailors under the direction of the National Weather Service, in the form of a 25-foot-long triangular red flag during the day, and a red light at night.[9]

In the XXI century[editar]

In 2007, AT&T sold the PacBell building to Stockbridge Capital Group and Wilson Meany Sullivan for $ 118 million.[10]In 2008, the new owners submitted plans to convert the tower into 118 luxury condos. However, those plans were suspended during the 2008 financial crisis and the building stood empty for almost six years.[11]

Following a surge in demand for offices in 2010-2011, Wilson Meany Sullivan switched plans back to office space. [11]Major renovation work began in February 2012, to improve the building’s seismic performance, install completely new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire sprinkler systems, and preserve and restore the building’s historic lobby, at an estimated cost of 80 to 100 million dollars.[12]In 2012, Yelp announced that it had signed a lease for the building’s 9,300 m² of office space through 2020.[13]After two expansions, the company had a total of almost 14,000 m² on 13 floors in the fall of 2015.[2]

In April 2016, Pembroke Real Estate Inc., a Boston-based REIT, acquired 140 New Montgomery as part of its portfolio, its second acquisition in San Francisco.[2][14][15][16]According to property records, Pembroke paid $ 284 million for the property, about $ 962 per square foot.[15][16]

Entrada de 140 New Montgomery

Architectural Sculptures of the 140 New Montgomery Eagles

View from Yerba Buena Gardens, near the Museum of Modern Art

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  1. a b Smith, Richard C. (September 1925). «The News Letter and the Telephone». San Francisco News Letter (in American English) (Diamond Jubilee edition). Accessed 17 December 2018 – via Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco.
  2. a b c Simonson, Sharon (19 August 2013). «Yelp Occupies 140 New Montgomery». TheRegistrySF.com (in American English). Accessed 2 January 2019.
  3. «Russ Building, San Francisco | 118778 | EMPORIS». www.emporis.com. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  4. Pollack, Andrew (1 January 1984). «Bell System Breakup Opens Era of Great Expectations and Great Concern». The New York Times (in American English). ISSN 0362-4331. Accessed 2 January 2019.
  5. Bevk, Alex (8 March 2012). «Pacific Telephone Building Scraps Plans For Condos, Moves On To Office Space». SF.curbed,com (in American English). Filed from the original October 8, 2012. Accessed 7 December 2013.
  6. «Sneak peek: Yelp’s new San Francisco HQ set to open». www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  7. «Noted Statesman visits Telephone Building» (PDF). The Pacific Telephone Magazine (in American English). September 1929. Archived since the original el 3 July 2018. Accessed 2 January 2019.
  8. «Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company Building — San Francisco, USA Attractions». LonelyPlanet.com (in English). Accessed 2 January 2019.
  9. Nolte, Carl (20 October 1995). «Pac Bell Rings In 70th Birthday of S.F. Headquarters». SFgate.com (in American English). Accessed 2 January 2019.
  10. «Bearings – An Abandoned Skyscraper: The Pac Bell Building». Bearings. June 22, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  11. a b Poletti, Therese (7 March 2012). «New Call by Developer on Historic Tower». The Wall Street Journal (in American English). Accessed 9 December 2012. «A historic skyscraper in downtown San Francisco, the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph building, empty for almost six years, is about to become a hub of construction activity as a US$50 million–plus modernization project begins. … This is a new strategy from the developer, which in 2008 filed plans to turn the tower, also known as the Telephone Building, into 118 luxury condominiums, at an estimated cost of US$80 million to US$100 million
  12. «140 New Montgomery». 140NM.com (in American English). 2012. Accessed 3 April 2012.
  13. «Yelp signs Pacific Telephone Building lease to 2020». San Francisco Chronicle (in American English). May 9, 2012.
  14. «Stocks». Bloomberg.com (in English). Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  15. a b Li, Roland (15 December 2016). «Developers double their money with $350 million SoMA office sale». San Francisco Business Times (in American English). Accessed 17 December 2018.
  16. a b Li, Roland (24 March 2017). «Wilson Meany sells a revamped, historic gem (video)». San Francisco Business Times (in American English). Accessed 17 December 2018.

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