Teardown, Original Transbay Terminal

Bus Overpass
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Two years earlier, the old bus overpass into the Transbay Terminal had been augmented by this new overpass. Now, both the old and new were being torn down together. This was a high priority because they passed through the Temporary Transbay Terminal and prevented its completion.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Beale Street at Howard Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:34:10 Saturday 21 August 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7697
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Old Overpass On The Ground
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Across Howard Street from the Temporary Transbay Terminal the old overpass had been torn down and part of it lay on top of leftover rubble.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Beale Street at Howard Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:34:37 Saturday 21 August 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7700
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Temporary Transbay Terminal Behind
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The Temporary Transbay Terminal could be seen behind the demolition of the old bus-overpass. The top of the elevated roadway was removed first, then the legs were demolished.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Beale Street at Howard Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:35:16 Saturday 21 August 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7701
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Old Overpass Over Beale
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A wide overpass used to cross over Beale Street. Here, the original roadway had been removed. Next the horizontal trusses would be removed, and lastly the concrete uprights.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Beale Street at Howard Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:34:16 Wednesday 15 September 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7714
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Massive Pile Of Rebar
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Rebar and other steel recyclables were piled at the base of the old overpass uprights.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Beale Street at Howard Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:44:36 Wednesday 15 September 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7717
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Steel Spider Web
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Bits of concrete still clung to the rebar exposed after the roadway was demolished. Like bits of leaves or insects caught in a spider's web.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Beale Street at Howard Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:44:54 Wednesday 15 September 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7719
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Demolition Machine
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A large and powerful yellow machine gathered bundles of reclaimed rebar and moved them to a common pile for later collection.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Beale Street at Howard Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:45:05 Wednesday 15 September 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_7720
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Overpass Gone
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The old Fremont Street offramp in the distant next block used to rise again to an overpass here. That overpass had been removed and became a pile of rubble at the left of this image.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Beale Street at Howard Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:26:02 Friday 29 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2756
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Temporary Transbay Terminal Completed
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The overpasses had been removed from this corner of the Temporary Transbay Terminal with allowed it to compete construction.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Beale Street at Howard Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:27:23 Friday 29 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2757
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Overpass Became Rubble
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The old overpass that led into the Transbay Terminal had been reduced to a pile of rubble.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Beale Street at Howard Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:28:58 Friday 29 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2762
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View Across Beale
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The view looking across Beale Street at where the old overpass continued into the old Transbay Terminal. In the distance one could still see the waiting area were buses were once boarded.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Beale Street at Howard Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:31:00 Friday 29 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2766
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Rubble Among High-rises
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Symbolic of the old giving way for the new. A former overpass riser beaten into submission. The last century about to be forced to bow before the next century.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Beale Street at Howard Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:31:13 Friday 29 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2767
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Beale Street Bar And Grill Moved
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The Beale Street Bar And Grill external link had to shut down because it was in the way of new construction. Here was the view through it after demolition. It was torn down in 2010 and will reopen in a new nearby location in 2011.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Beale Street at Howard Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:32:01 Friday 29 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2770
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Old Transbay Terminal
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The overpass leading into the old Transbay Terminal was already stripped of its roadway. Notice how traffic on Fremont Street had to pass under bare steel supports.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Fremont Street at Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:36:28 Friday 29 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2777
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Preparation For Demolition
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The front of the closed Transbay Terminal was littered with machinery preparing for its demolition. This used to be where one could catch an out-bound 38 Geary bus.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Fremont Street at Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:36:55 Friday 29 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2778
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Bare Girders Over Fremont Street
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With the roadway surface gone, under the overpass resembled a scene from a 1930's movie.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Fremont Street at Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:37:16 Friday 29 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2779
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Demolished Wiring
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Under the overpass with its roadway removed were the remains of wiring demolished.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Fremont Street at Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:38:23 Friday 29 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2784
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Bus Boarding Gone
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The former third floor bus boarding level was showing signs of demolition.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Fremont Street at Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:38:54 Friday 29 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2788
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Former Inside Waiting Room
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The former first floor waiting area internal link where the homeless could sleep and where passengers could wait comfortably on wooden benches for the next bus to depart.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Fremont Street at Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:45:21 Friday 29 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2803
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Broken Window
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One of the first floor windows on Fremont Street used to have a photograph of San Francisco as seen from the bay bridge. That photograph was broken and would eventually vanish.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Fremont Street at Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:37:24 Monday 1 November 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2809
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Overpass Gone
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The overpass that used to cross over Fremont Street internal link was gone. Just a row of steel stubs remained on each side of the street.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Fremont Street looking toward Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:39:15 Monday 1 November 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2813
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First Street Overpass
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A mass of machinery worked all day Saturday and Sunday to demolish the overpass that crossed First Street.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  First Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 16:12:42 Saturday 13 November 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2873
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Sidewalk Was Closed
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The sidewalk on First Street was closed that afternoon so that the overpass could be demolished. Notice the rubble that had fallen to the roadway.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  First Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 16:13:17 Saturday 13 November 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2877
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Overpass Was Gone
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First Street with the overpass gone. Just steel stubs remained. Notice the photographs on the windows of the first floor. Those photographs would soon be destroyed.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  First Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:07:24 Sunday 5 December 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2964
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Tagged Abandoned Property
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Whenever a property is abandoned, it becomes an object of desire for taggers (graffiti artists and graffiti trash). Here, one of the first floor doors on Natoma Street had been covered with words.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Natoma Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:09:10 Sunday 5 December 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2969
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First Street In The Rain
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The sidewalk along side the Transbay Terminal after the roadway overhead had been demolished. The building to the left was screened off for demolition and the bare steel appeared unusually heavy overhead.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  First Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:10:21 Sunday 5 December 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2971
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Stairs Up To Greyhound
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The inside of the second level with the stairs that used to lead up to the Greyhound Station.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  First Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:10:30 Sunday 5 December 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2972
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Interior Demolition
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The old Transbay Terminal as seen from its front. Here its interior was being demolished before its exterior.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:11:12 Sunday 5 December 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2974
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Former Street Level Entry
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The front ground-level entry internal link used to be a series of doors that led under the second floor bus level. Here, that series of doors had become rubble.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:12:52 Sunday 5 December 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2978
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Old Trees Destroyed
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Several mature trees used to grow in front of the Original Transbay Terminal. They were too large to transplant so were instead torn out and cut up. Here was the scoop used to load those tree remains into trucks.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:13:15 Sunday 5 December 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2979
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Old Trolley Tracks
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The bus boarding level for MUNI buses used to also be the boarding area for trolleys. The Market Street Subway eliminated the Transbay Terminal from trolley service.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:14:13 Sunday 5 December 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_2980
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Old Trolley Tracks
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As the grand old terminal was demolished, so grew the pile of rubble out front.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 16:39:09 Monday 13 December 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_3092
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Gutted
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The Original Transbay Terminal lay gutted and laid open. All four of its floors could be seen at once.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 16:40:05 Monday 13 December 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_3094
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The Fremont End Remained
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The Fremont Street end of the Original Transbay Terminal was about all that was left.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:41:15 Thursday 23 December 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_3015
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Tagged Grand Windows
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Even the grand windows a the end of the Original Transbay Terminal could not resist the disgrace of being tagged with graffiti.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Fremont Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:45:34 Thursday 23 December 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_3110
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A Last Inside View
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One of the last shots possible of the interior of the Original Transbay Terminal. Notice the grand but tagged windows at the far end toward Fremont Street.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  First Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:45:34 Thursday 23 December 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_3111
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All Gone
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As viewed from Mission Street, the Original Transbay Terminal had nearly achieved history. Nothing was left at this point that resembled the original.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Mission Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 16:41:42 Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_3193
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An Empty Door
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On Fremont Street was one of the original doors. Seen through this door was once a grand old Transbay Terminal.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Fremont Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 16:43:13 Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_3194
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The Last Door
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Demolition could be viewed through one of the last doors that remained intact. At the far end were other doors, but they all had cracked glass.


Teardown Original Transbay Terminal   •  Fremont Street, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Thursday 13 January 2011)   •  (Photo taken 16:44:18 Wednesday 5 January 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_3197
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