101 California Street

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101 California Street
101 California Street.JPG
Viewed from Front Street near California Street
101 California Street is located in San Francisco
101 California Street
Location within San Francisco
101 California Street is located in California
101 California Street
101 California Street (California)
101 California Street is located in the US
101 California Street
101 California Street (the US)
Former names Itel Building
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 101 California Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′34″N 122°23′53″W / 37.79285°N 122.39793°W / 37.79285; -122.39793Coordinates: 37°47′34″N 122°23′53″W / 37.79285°N 122.39793°W / 37.79285; -122.39793
Construction started 1979
Completed 1982
Owner Hines Interests Limited Partnership
Management Hines Interests Limited Partnership
Roof 183 m (600 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 48
Floor area 1,250,000 sq ft (116,000 m2)
Lifts/elevators 32
Design and construction
Architect Philip Johnson / John Burgee
Eli Attia Architects
Kendall/Heaton Associates Inc.
Developer Hines Interests Limited Partnership
Structural engineer CBM Engineers

101 California Street is a 48-story office skyscraper completed in 1982 in the Financial District of San Francisco, California. The 183 m (600 ft) tower, providing 1,250,000 sq ft (116,000 m2) of office space, is bounded by California, Davis, Front, and Pine Streets near Market Street.


The faceted cylindrical tower features a seven-story, glass-enclosed lobby and a granite plaza with flower beds and a fountain. During the holiday season, a platform with many oversized Christmas ornaments is added to the plaza. The building's entrance is very similar to that of 101 Park Avenue in New York City, and was also designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee in 1982.

101 California is equipped with a total of thirty-two elevators, with twenty-two serving the tower; two serving floors 45 through 48; four serving the triangular annex building; two serving the garage; and two for freight.[5] The eight stairwells throughout the building are intended for emergency use only.[5]

1993 shooting[edit]

The building is the site of what has become known as the 101 California Street shootings, a mass murder which occurred there in 1993. On July 1, Gian Luigi Ferri, a disgruntled client of the law firm Pettit & Martin, entered their offices on the 34th floor and killed eight people and wounded six before killing himself. The event was a catalyst in the passage of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a drive initiated by California Senator Dianne Feinstein to ban assault weapons.[6] A terraced garden in the plaza in front of the building is now dedicated to the victims.

Notable tenants[edit]


Looking up at 101 California, highlighting the faceted cylindrical structure.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "101 California Street". CTBUH Skyscraper Database. 
  2. ^ 101 California Street at Emporis
  3. ^ "101 California Street". SkyscraperPage. 
  4. ^ 101 California Street at Structurae
  5. ^ a b Property Management Office (2010). "101 California Tenant Manual" (.PDF). Hines Interests Limited Partnership: 5, 6. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  6. ^ Harriet Chiang (1 July 2003). "10 Years After: 101 California Massacre Victims Helped Toughen Gun Laws". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Woodbridge, Sally B. (1992). San Francisco Architecture (Second ed.). San Francisco: Chronicle Books. p. 35. ISBN 0-87701-897-9. 

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