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Williams Building, 693 Mission Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA



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Item Title


Location
693 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2351
Significance: The Williams Building is part of the Aronson Historic District which is comprised of three buildings: The Williams Building at 693 Mission Street, the Aron Building (now known as the Mercantile Building) at 710 Mission Street, and the Grace Building (also known as the Blumenthal Building) at 87 Third Street. The Williams Building is one of two remaining major commercial designs in downtown San Francisco by Clinton Day (1846-1916), a prominent turn-of-the-century Bay Area architect. The building is one of the first and best of the commercial blocks constructed immediately after the 1906 earthquake and fire. The building is notable for its elegant proportions, finely detailed Renaissance/Baroque ornamentation and high quality masonry work. Other buildings of historical/cultural/architectural merit located within the vicinity and in the Yerba Buena Redevelopment Project include the St. Patricks Church and the Jesse Street Substation.

Subjects
Offices


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
View of Mission Street facing south west. Williams Building is at left background, Aron (Mercantile) Building is at right background. Parking lot is in left foreground
View of building context facing northwest. Williams Building in background; parking lot in foreground
View of Mission Street facing west. Williams Building is at left edge of photo, Aron (Mercantile) Building is at right
Oblique view of Williams Building, facing east
View of northwest elevation of Williams Building, facing southeast
View of southwest elevation of Williams Building, facing northeast
Oblique view of Williams Building, facing west
View of northeast elevation of Williams Building, facing southwest
View of terra cotta pilaster capitals, northwest elevation, ground floor
Detail View of second floor windows, east bay of northwest elevation
Detail View of upper floors, southwest elevation
View of upper portion of northwest elevation, showing windows and cornice
Detail view of cornice, northwest elevation
Interior view of typical ground floor storefront, south bay, Third Street elevation, facing southwest
Interior view of elevator lobby, ground floor, facing northeast
View of main interior stair, northwest end of building, at ground floor. Ornamental newel post is at right
Interior view of typical second story office, facing west
Interior view of office, northwest corner of second floor, facing northeast
View of typical interior corridor, second floor, facing northeast


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