California Historical Landmarks in San Francisco

California Historical Landmark 876
City of Paris Building
Intersection of Geary and Stockton Streets
Built 1896
Repaired 1909
Demolished 1981

California Historical Landmark #876: Site of the City of Paris Building
City of Paris in 1898

The highrise building is the Call Building, which
also survived the 1906 Earthquake and Fire and
still stands on Market Street.

California Historical Landmark #876: Site of the City of Paris Building
City of Paris Reopens After the 1906 Earthquake
and Fire

California Historical Landmark #876: Site of the City of Paris Building
City of Paris in 1979

(Click Photos to Zoom)

City of Paris Building

It was 1850 when the Verdier brothers, immigrants from France, opened a store aboard the ship La Ville de Paris to serve the Argonauts passing through San Francisco's harbor. In 1896 the business, which stayed in the family for over a century and a quarter, moved into a new building designed by architect Clinton Day, damaged by the 1906 earthquake, its interior was reconstructed by architects John Bakewell and Arthur J. Brown. The old City of Paris building was one of the finest examples of the beaux-arts style of commercial building in California.

Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation

The City of Paris, was listed on the national Register of Historic Places four years before it was demolished and replaced by a Neiman Marcus store designed by Philip Johnson.

The site has no commemorative plaque.

Some Missing California Plaques

When we visited the following sites, we were unable to locate a California commemorative plaque.

At some sites, it appeared that a California plaque had never been erected. At other sites, there was a base, but the plaque itself was missing. Some sites without California plaques had other historic markers, but they did not note that the site is a California Historical Landmark.

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Altaville, Calaveras County
Anza Expedition Camp, Burlingame
Bear Valley, Mariposa County
Bend City, Inyo County

Big Bar, Amador and Calaveras Counties
Birthplace of Freemasonry in California , San Francisco
Booth Home Site, Sacramento
Brannan Cottage, Calistoga
Brannan Store, Calistoga

Brown Home, Red Bluff
Bloody Point, Modoc County
Bonner Grade, Modoc County
Brannan House, Sacramento
Butte Store, Amador County

California Star Newspaper Site, San Francisco
Camino of Rancho San Antonio, Oakland
Casa Materna, Pajaro
Castro Home, El Cerrito
Chevra Kaddisha Cemetery, Sacramento

China Slough Site, Sacramento
City of Paris Department Store Site, San Francisco
Condemned Bar, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Congregational Church, Mokelumne Hill
Corral Hollow, Tracy

Crabtree (Lotta) Home, Grass Valley
Crocker Gallery, Sacramento
Croll Building, Oakland
Donner Monument, Truckee
Douglas Flat, Calaveras County

Eagle Theatre, Sacramento
Ebbetts Pass, Alpine County
Ebner's Hotel, Sacramento
Evans and Bailey Fight, Modoc County
Fort Janesville, Lassen County

Frémont's Camp, Modoc County
Frog Woman Rock, Mendocino County
Glencoe (Mosquito Gulch) , Calaveras County
Giant Powder Company Site, San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco and Marin Counties

Grange Hall Site, El Dorado County
Guillem's Graveyard, Lava Beds National Monument
Hornitos, Mariposa County
Hudson Cabin Site, Calistoga
Irishtown, Amador County

Jackson Gate, Amador County
Jenny Lind, Calaveras County
Kelsey House Site, Calistoga
Kirkwood's, Amador County
Lady Adams Building, Sacramento

Lassen Grave, Lassen County
Laurel Hill Cemetery Site, San Francisco
Long Wharf Site, San Francisco
Maiden's Grave, El Dorado National Forest
Marklee's Cabin Site, Markleeville

Marshall's Blacksmith Shop, Kelsey
Mayfield Canyon Battleground, Owens Valley
Methodist Episcopal Church, Placerville
Mills Bank Building, Sacramento
Milton, Calaveras County

Mokelumne Hill IOOF Hall, Mokelumne Hill
Montez (Lola) Home, Grass Valley
Montezuma, Tuolumne County
Montgomery Hill, San Jose
Napa Valley Railroad Depot, Calistoga

Negro Hill, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Noble Pass Route, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Old Emigrant Trail, Modoc National Forest
Olema Lime Kilns, Marin County
Orleans Hotel Site, Sacramento

Overton Building, Sacramento
Parrott Block Site, San Francisco
Peralta Hacienda, Oakland
Pioneer Cemetery, Calaveras County
Pioneer Hall, Jackson

Plumas House, Quincy
Plymouth Trading Post, Plymouth
Pony Express Remount Station, Woodfords
Portolá Camp at Crystal Springs, San mateo County
Portolá Camp at Gazos Creek, Bean Hollow State Beach

Portolá Camp at Martini Creek, Montara
Portolá Camp at Pilarcitos Creek, Half Moon Bay
Portolá Camp at Pulgas Water Temple, San Mateo County
Portolá Camp at Purisima Creek, Half Moon Bay
Portolá Camp at San Gregorio State Beach, San Gregorio

Portolá Camp at Tunitas Beach, San Mateo County
Richmond Shipyards District, Richmond
Rincon Hill, San Francisco
Roop's Fort, Susanville
Sacramento Bee Building, Sacramento

Sacramento Union Site, Sacramento
Sailing Launch Comet, Lathrop
Saint James Episcopal Church, Sonora
Salmon Falls, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
San Joaquin City Site, Tracy

Smartsville, Yuba County
Stage Coach and Railroad, Sacramento
State Indian Museum, Sacramento
Stone Corral, Calaveras County
Studebaker's Shop, Placerville

Sutter Creek, Amador County
Swift's Stone Corral, Colusa County
Telegraph Hill, San Francisco
Transcontinental Railroad, Lathrop
Willms Ranch, Knights Ferry

Valley Springs, Calaveras County
Western Hotel, Sacramento
Whiskeytown, Shasta County
Woodbridge, San Joaquin County
Wood's Ferry and Bridge Site, Woodbridge

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