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San Francisco Landmark #20: Hotaling Annex West
25 August 2007
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San Francisco Landmark #20
Hotaling Annex West
463-473 Jackson Street at Hotaling Place
Built 1860's

Hotaling Annex West was built in the Italianate style popular in the 1860's.

Early owners and tenants are unknown. However, Dominick Small, a carpenter and builder, had his shop in the building in the late 1870's. Anson Parsons Hotaling bought the building and others in the vicinity before 1890 for his liquor business. Hotaling's estate owned the building until 1944.

The WPA rented the building during the 1930's for the Federal Writers and Federal Artists projects. In 1941 that use ended, and in 1942 Walter McElroy, an editor in the writers project, took over the lease. In 1945, the lease was taken by Emmy Lou Packard, well-known artist and draftswoman.

During World War II, the tenants included artists and writers who lived here and worked in the shipyards. Among them were Giacomo Patri, Avrum Rubinstein, Byron Randall, Miss Packard (now Mrs. Randall), and Martin Snipper. Writers, artists, musicians continued to live and work here until the 1950's when the building was converted into sales and showrooms for interior designers.

Adapted from the San Francisco City Planning Commission Resolution No. 6277 dated October 3, 1968

Hotaling Annex West is in the Jackson Square Historic District.

National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933

President Franklin Roosevelt came into office during the worst depression the nation had ever known. Fulfilling a campaign promise to put people to work, he instituted the New Deal to bring economic recovery to the depression-wrought country.

The National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA) of 1933 authorized the Public Works Administration (PWA) to provide jobs, stimulate business activity, and increase purchasing power through the construction of permanent and socially useful public works. The Federal Government and local city, county and state governments formed a working partnership resulting in the greatest single construction program in history.

PWA construction projects, in addition to providing employment for the skilled, generated a volume of jobs for the unskilled. The PWA provided loans and grants up to forty percent of the total cost of the project to states, and many other public bodies, including schools.

From 1933-1935, the PWA underwrote projects in 3,040 of the 3,073 counties in all forty-eight states. Of the 3.76 billion dollars of the NIRA fund, 2.56 billion dollars was spent on 19,004 construction projects.

Narrative adapted in part from the NRHP nomination for Tulare Union High School Auditorium and Administration Building dated 16 November 1999.

Many buildings funded by the PWA have been recognized for their historic significance and architectural excellence. Among them are:

California

Aquatic Park in San Francisco
Beach Chalet Murals in San Francisco
Dalton Wells near Moab, Utha
Feather River Scenic Byway Tunnels
Federal Building in Merced
Federal Writers and Artists Projects in San Francisco

Gasquet Ranger Station
Mariposa County High School Auditorium
McClatchy Senior High School in Sacramento
Rincon Annex Post Office in San Francisco
Sacramento Junior College

San Francisco State Teachers College
Sonora Youth Center
Theodore Judah School in Sacramento
Tulare Union High School

Nevada

Carson City Civic Auditorium
Hoover Dam
USO Building in Hawthorne
Yerington Main Post Office

Oregon

Butte Falls Ranger Station in Butte Falls
Dead Indian Soda Springs Shelter in Rogue River National Forest
Fish Lake Shelter in Rogue River National Forest
Gold Beach Ranger Station
Lake of the Woods Ranger Station in Fremont-Winema National Forest
Lithia Park in Ashland

McKee Bridge Campground in Rogue River National Forest
Wrangle Gap Shelter in Rogue River National Forest

Utah
Bryce Canyon Airport
Dalton Wells Civilian Conservation Corps
Minersville City Hall
Rock House in Arches National Park

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