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The Westin St. Francis

Identification

The Westin St. Francis
118883

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
applied masonry
light brown
beaux-arts / historism

Usage

hotel

Facts

  • Costing an estimated $2.5 million to construct, this officially opened March 21, 1904.
  • The grandfather clock in the Powell Street lobby has been a popular place for people to meet up since 1906, and remains a San Francisco tradition to this day.
  • Following the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the hotel's structure would remain intact. However the ensuing fires would devastate the building, and cause it to remain closed for the following 19 months.
  • The hotel has hosted many foreign leaders including Emperors Hirohito and Akihito of Japan, Queen Elizabeth II of England, King Juan Carlos of Spain, the Shah of Iran and all of the Presidents of the United States since Taft.
  • Originally done to prevent women's white gloves from getting dirty from unclean silver dollars, since 1938 the hotel has operated the country's only legal money laundering operation in cleaning all the money that enters the hotel's coffers.

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Location

301-345 Powell Street
401-441 Post Street,
300-344 Geary Street
335 Powell Street
94102
U.S.A.

Technical Data

198.00 ft
198.00 ft
198.00 ft
186.00 ft
13
1
1904
1907

Involved Companies

Architect:

Also recorded for this building:

facade consultant, facade maintenance system supplier, landscape architect, owner, tenant