The smaller, older building is the Hobart building where I work. It is located in downtown San Francisco. After the devastating 1906 earthquake, the Hobart building was one of the first building rebuilt. Our lobby has a gold gilt ceiling with hanging chandelier. The paneling is marble with a large inset marble clock. We do not have air conditioning but do have 10 foot ceilings and windows that open.
I commute to work on the BART train which arrives underground directly underneath our building. We ride an escalator up to street level and this is the view. Yesterday, I noticed a couple looking slightly bewildered standing at the start of the escalator. I got on the escalator and they were right behind me. As we rode up, I always look up at the view. Behind me, I heard the wife say "Holy Toledo! …. Wow!" and the husband say "Crap!". I assumed they were awed by the sight and sound of Market street coming into view. Or…something totally unrelated.