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A new skyscraper at 1 Montgomery Street may soon be one of the tallest additions to the downtown San Francisco cityscape. Developer 601W recently filed a preliminary application for the tower, which will sit atop the historic Crocker National Bank building.

The site is only zoned for 250 feet, but the designer is planning for a height of 500 feet. The building’s 35 stories will include the bank’s current two stories plus an additional 33 on top of that. At the moment it’s still unclear as to whether the skyscraper will be filled with hotel rooms, condo units or a mix of the two, but none of the options laid out mention affordable housing.

Designed by Willis Polk and built in 1908, the Crocker National Bank building is an example of classic Italian Renaissance architecture. Exquisitely detailed, the rotunda entrance offers a view of a dazzling coffered ceiling. The building can be seen in the classic 1962 thriller “Experiment in Terror,” directed by Blake Edwards of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” fame.

While it originally had 12 stories, the top floors were removed in the early 1980s to make room for the Crocker Galleria next door. Today, the building is occupied by Wells Fargo, which bought Crocker National Bank in 1986. It has a rooftop garden where local workers can enjoy a peaceful and tucked-away lunch hour, and is a rare respite from the concrete world below.

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