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Identification

Central Tower
the Call / Spreckels Building
118823

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
marble
applied masonry
white
art deco

Usages

office

Facts

  • Claus Spreckels, the sugar magnate, was the building's namesake. But it was renamed the Call Building when it became home to San Francisco's newspaper, the Morning Call.
  • Built of steel and Oregon sandstone the original building was 12 stories and 315 feet and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River for many years.
  • The upper floors were set ablaze during the great quake and it burned from the top down; the base at one end moved two feet out into the sidewalk and the elevators refused to work. The shell was used during its reconstruction.
  • Radically altered (remodeled) in 1938 by Albert Roller.
  • Originally topped by an ornate baroque dome and four corner cupolas, all removed in the 1938 renovation.

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Location

701-705 Market Street
2-8 3rd Street
703 Market Street at Third
94103-2102
Northeast
San Francisco
California
U.S.A.

Technical Data

333.00 ft
298.00 ft
298.00 ft
21
1898
1938
$1,000,000

Involved Companies

Reid & Reid

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1938

Albert F. Roller

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Features & Amenities

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