The Google 3D Warehouse has recently added a new feature. If you are viewing a 3D model of a building where Street View pictures are available, you get a “tab” at the top which shows the Street View mode for that location. You can move around as with other Street View API applications. There was already a tab for Google Maps views for 3D models which have been tagged on the map. But, this new tab is an excellent example of Google using their own tools in a smart way!
Below is an example of a 3D Warehouse model of shopping center in Boulder, Colorado. If – after you visit the page – you click on the tab at the top called “Street View” you get an interactive panoramic view of the location for that model that looks like this:
Unfortunately, in some cities the Street View photos are limited in their ability to look up and down. So, if it’s a tall building you sometimes can’t see the upper stories, only the street-level view. For example, look at the John Hancock Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Anyway, kudos to the Google Earth team for “eating their own lunch” and using Street Views for 3D Warehouse!