650 California Street
650 California Street, also known as the Hartford Building, is a 34 story, 142 m, (466 feet) office tower on the northwestern edge of San Francisco's Financial District. The tower is located on California Street on the edge of Chinatown, and not far from 555 California Street. 650 California is visible from every direction except from the southeast, where the Financial District skyscrapers block the view.

The building was designed by Edward Charles ("Chuck") Bassett of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for Hartford Insurance, its initial tenant. It is architecturally significant, featuring a tall modernist lobby, high ceilings, and an exterior skeleton of floor-to-ceiling windows recessed into a square gridwork of precast white reinforced concrete. When this tower was completed in 1964, it was the second in San Francisco larger than 400,000 sq ft (37,000 m 2). It also became California's tallest building, replacing both the Russ Building in San Francisco and the Los Angeles City Hall in Los Angeles, California. Later skyscrapers in both San Francisco and Los Angeles took the title of California's tallest from this building. Key tenants include Littler Mendelson (world headquarters), Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Credit Suisse, Jefferies & Co., Fairmont Hotel Management, Fliesler Meyer LLP, Jones Hall Law Corporation, and KBCW (former). A key scene from the documentary Live Nude Girls Unite (2000) was filmed in the lobby and a Littler conference room, where strippers met with attorneys for Littler, who was representing their employer, the Lusty Lady, in an effort to prevent the strippers from organizing a labor union. 650 California was acquired for USD $160 million by the Pivotal Group in 2000, and later sold to private investors, A-650 California St. LLC, and AEW Capital Management in 2007. It is now owned by

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