Google 3D Warehouse Supporting Street View

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:

Example of 3D Warehouse Street View

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!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Michael Succo says:

    The trial run for Google maps locked up my computer everytime I want to try it.I started 4-11-08 and just can’t get it to work.
    Google maps does not work on my computer. I need a rebate for the some of $47.71 credit back

  2. i am unable 2 view 3d building images for most of the places why is that so?

  3. Bob Rankin says:

    Do we need a special type of 3D glasses? I tried the ones we got at the theatre after we watched a 3D movie and they didn’t work.

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