About The Paramount
The Paramount, or 680 Mission Street at Third is a 40-story rental-apartment tower that is located in South of Market just outside of the Financial District on Mission Street in San Francisco. Construction of the 420-foot (128-m) tower was completed in 2002. At its time of completion in 2002, the building was the tallest concrete-framed located in Seismic Zone 4. It was also the tallest all-residential building in San Francisco from 2002 to 2008. The Paramount is one out of several new highrise projects completed or under construction on Mission Street since 2000. Other examples include 555 Mission Street, the St. Regis Museum Tower, and 301 Mission Street, 101 Second Street, and the JP MorganChase Building. UC Santa Cruz chancellor Denice Denton leapt to her death from the roof on 24 June 2006. She shared an apartment with her partner, Gretchen Kalonji, a former professor of materials science at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her mother, Carolyn Mabee, was in the building when Denton died, and reportedly said her daughter was "very depressed" about her professional and personal life.