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The Pyramid, and Its Sibling

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Twisty cylinder architect Jeffrey Heller lends his voice to the well-worn tale of the Transamerica Pyramid, which was saved from the hatred of a thousand burning critics by the "steadfast support of Mayor Joseph Alioto." Heller reminds us that pyramid architect William Pereira actually tried to sell his pointy building idea to L.A. twice, to no avail: "The people in L.A. thought it was just too crazy. So, Pereira presented it to Transamerica, and they immediately said, 'We get it.'" On his own building: "Our intention going in was to be respectful and complementary. I think we've achieved that." [Sac Bee via 555 Wash, previously]