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Sutro Tower, San Francisco

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Sutro Tower is a 977 ft (298 m) three-pronged TV and radio antenna tower in San Francisco, California. Rising from a hill between Twin Peaks and Mount Sutro near Clarendon Heights, it is a prominent feature of the city skyline and a landmark for city residents and visitors. The tower was the tallest structure in San Francisco from the time of its completion in 1973 until it was surpassed by the Salesforce Tower in 2017.


Named after the family of Adolph Sutro, a businessman and former mayor of San Francisco whose grandson, Adolph Gilbert Sutro, built a mansion, La Avanzada, on their property in the highest peaks of San Francisco. In 1948, the mansion and property was sold to the American Broadcasting Company, where it became the original home of their San Francisco operation as KGO Television. KGO then formed a consortium with KTVU, KRON, and KPIX, the three other major San Francisco television broadcasters at the time, to build and maintain the tower. It stands 297.8 m (977 ft) above ground and 552 m (1,811 ft) above sea level. It is the second tallest structure in the city by ground-to-tip height, though its mountain location overlooks the city's downtown skyscrapers.
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  • High on the Hill, one gets a view of the Sutro Tower. It is on Mount Sutro. The tower is important to televisoon reception for the Bay Area.  more »
  • The best you can do with this tower is drive or walk by it as it is a radio/communications tower and is not open to the public. It is pretty impressive standing below it though especially after...  more »
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  • It's an imposing tower, and I always wanted to visit the base of it. However, at least when I visited, it's controlled access only. You can get close by foot or bike, or for better views try the Twin Peaks observation area.
  • The hills and area are pretty with great views but the tower is ugly. I don’t get it. With San Francisco’s beautiful skyline and “nature sensibilities”, with Golden Gate Park, the Presidio and all the small parks and lovely hills to climb; and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge, how in the world did this ugly structure get approved in the 70s?
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