I have probably walked by this building, Five Lusk Street, a couple hundred times in my years of working in SOMA. I have never, until last week, looked at it from the back, where it becomes apparent just how strange a building it actually is. From the front? Looks like a perfectly normal if ugly building. From the side? Ditto, or possibly double-ditto. But from the back?
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Although I don’t know the exact building, back in the olden days there was the Embarcadero Freeway and other way-overbuilt mazes and exit ramps in that part of town. Buildings were built to conform to the shape and height of the off-ramps. Even now, it’s still kinda surreal to see all the empty space surrounding strangely shaped buildings in that part of the neighborhood
Oh, that’s true. Yeah that area is just strange, especially the bits that simply haven’t been built on yet. (I’m personally hoping for at least one more park.)
This one, though, was built well after that. There must be something, either somehow the owner only ended up owning that triangular piece of land or there’s something on the back of the brick building that can’t be built against, or there’s an easment on the property, or… I dunno. Just weird.