The demolition of the front of the Transbay Terminal began today, with the repetitive swinging of the wrecking ball, which the contractors call "Big Red." The Transbay Joint Powers Authority, in one of the oddest press releases I have ever seen, heralded the news, saying that the wreckers Evans Brothers, Inc. "dropped the historic first wrecking ball on the front… Continue reading Wrecking ball starts demo of Transbay Terminal
Friday afternoon, just under two thousand people showed up at the Transbay Terminal for several tours and a sad farewell before it closes for good next week. The Transbay Joint Powers Authority and Caltrans did some last-minute sprucing up and managed to get most of the homeless people out of the terminal for a round of one hour tours through the… Continue reading Goodbye Transbay Terminal
With the looming demolition of the Transbay Terminal approaching next month, one might expect to see the inevitable stories about the building's better days in the local press. Sadly, the Sunday piece by Carl Nolte in the San Francisco Chronicle does not do the building justice. Too many have judged the 1939 building's architectural merits by… Continue reading The Transbay Terminal Will be Missed
Every time I walk past the dirty, exhaust-fume smudged Tranbay Terminal, amazingly I breathe a sigh of relief that its demolition has not yet occurred. This week, it was still there, as I glanced in the late winter light of the day, the belching buses pulling in front of its once-sleek entrance dominated by massive industrial style windows.… Continue reading Is the Transbay Terminal worth saving?