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City Hall, Civic Center, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA



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B&W Photos

HB97332
Historic American Buildings Survey Joseph A

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Historic American Buildings Survey Joseph A

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Historic American Buildings Survey Joseph A

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Historic American Buildings Survey Joseph A

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Item Title


Location
Civic Center, San Francisco, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-1881
Building/structure dates: 1915 initial construction
Significance: One of the most elegant civic buildings in the US. It was designed by Arthur Brown, Jr., and his executive partner, John Bukewell, Jr., after a competition held in 1912. The building was effectively begun in 1913 and completed in 1915. Its immediate genesis was the need for more satisfactory civic structures, after the scandalous collapse of the "old" City Hall in 1906, and especially during the Panama-Pacific Exposition on 1915. The present Auditorium was the first building completed and the City Hall, the second. The latter was excellently constructed of steel with a veneer of granite and fine stone on exterior and interior. Although a very conservative building, for its time, the City Hall is a modish and highly successful attempt to join the main current of Baroque Classicism and American civic architecture. Because of its superb detailing and splendid materials, and notably because of its equally fine maintenance, it has continued to be the distinguished focal point of one of America's most attractive civic complexes.

Related Names
Brown, Arthur
Blakewell, John


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Joseph A. Baird, Jr., Photographer Photo: 1956 VIEW FROM NORTHEAST
2. Historic American Buildings Survey Joseph A. Baird, Jr., Photographer Photo: 1956 ROTUNDA STAIRCASE FROM NORTHEAST
3. Historic American Buildings Survey Joseph A. Baird, Jr., Photographer Photo: 1956 ROTUNDA GALLERY AT SECOND FLOOR
4. Historic American Buildings Survey Joseph A. Baird, Jr., Photographer Photo: 1956 CEILING OF ROTUNDA DOME
Photocopy ,Gabriel Moulin Studios,date unknown,east elevation
Photocopy ,Gabriel Moulin Studios,date unknown,east elevation at night
Photocopy ,Gabriel Moulin Studios,date unknown,west elevation
Photocopy ,Gabriel Moulin Studios,date unknown,aerial view looking southeast
Photocopy ,Henry Hope Reed, looking up into dome,date unknown
GENERAL EXTERIOR VIEW
ENTRANCE DETAIL
DETAIL OF HERMS (MALE FIGURES) AT ENTRANCE
DISTANT VIEW WITH GATEWAY DETAIL IN FOREGROUND


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