How much can the story of one building tell us about the rich and varied history of San Francisco? We discuss the evolution and past inhabitants of San Francisco’s landmark high-rise, 140 New Montgomery. The early skyscraper, constructed in 1925, once served as headquarters of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company and now houses Yelp and other tech companies. The Art Deco office tower recently underwent a $60 million restoration.
Photos of 140 New Montgomery Street
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By Goodshoped35110s (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Alexis Madrigal, senior editor for The Atlantic and author of the article "A 26-story history of San Francisco"
Therese Poletti, journalist, author of "Art Deco San Francisco: The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger" and technology columnist at Marketwatch
Cathy Simon, design principal at Perkins+Will, an architecture and design firm which worked on the 140 New Montgomery project