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Shell Building

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Identification

Shell Building
118743

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
steel
terra-cotta
applied masonry
art deco

Usages

commercial office
shop(s)

Facts

  • Winner of the 1994 San Francisco Architectural Heritage Award for excellence in architectural preservation for exterior restoration.
  • The building was built in exactly 300 days.
  • Office floors were designed with moving partitions.
  • Ornamental detail is carried inside the lobby and all elevator lobbies.
  • The top portion of the building's facade is decorated in sepia-glazed terra cotta with blue-green cast concrete spandrels and abstracted shell designs in reference to the building's owner.
  • Sanborn heights: 301 feet to floor 23, 352 feet to floor 27, 376 feet to top of floor 29.
  • Shell Oil Company, the building's namesake, ultimately vacated the building during the 1960s.
  • The two-story mezzanine lobby entrance features bronze doors, marble walls, and a sweeping 25-foot-high ceiling.

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Location

100-126 Bush Street
31-63 Battery Street
100 Bush Street at Battery & Market
94104
Northeast
San Francisco
California
U.S.A.

Technical Data

378.00 ft
29
1928
1929
6

Involved Companies

George W. Kelham

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
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