Conrad Meussdorffer (1871-1945)
Conrad Alfred Meussdorffer was the son of German parents who came to San Francisco in 1853.
He worked for the architectural firm of Salfield & Kohlberg, then in partnership with Victor de Prosse before opening his own practice in 1897.
Meussdorffer designed the St. Regis apartments in Lafayette Park, the only private residence in San Francisco located in a public park. The luxurious Beaux-Arts building established Meussdorffer as the architect of choice for San Francisco's one percent. His buildings at 2006 Washington Street and 2500 Steiner Street are often considered the finest apartment buildings in San Francisco. I concur. If I could live anywhere in the world, these two addresses would be strong contenders.
The building at 2500 Steiner Street is located on the crest of Pacific Heights at the northeast corner of Alta Plaza Park at an elevation of about 285 feet (87 meters). The elevation and the lack of nearby tall buildings make it one of the most visible buildings in San Francisco, along with the much taller Transamerica Pyramid and Salesforce Tower.
Some folks call this building Susie's Building. Or the Democratic Party ATM.
|Name||Year||Address||City||Sort Address||Sort Name|
|Residence||1904||870-74 Chestnut Street||San Francisco||Chestnut 0870||Residence|
|Residence||1897||3016-18 Clay Street||San Francisco||Clay 3016||Residence|
|Residence||1902||3051-55 Clay Street||San Francisco||Clay 3051||Residence|
|Residence||1904||3295 Clay Street||San Francisco||Clay 3295||Residence|
|Apartment Building||1917||2145 Franklin Street||San Francisco||Franklin 2145||Apartment Building|
|Apartment Building||1923||1800 Gough Street||San Francisco||Gough 1800||Apartment Building|
|St. Regis Apartments||1908||1925 Gough Street||San Francisco||Gough 1925||St. Regis Apartments|
|Apartment Building||1917||1810 Jackson Street||San Francisco||Jackson 1810||Apartment Building|
|Apartment Building||1916||1824 and 1830 Jackson Street||San Francisco||Jackson 1824||Apartment Building|
|Apartment Building||1923||2100 Jackson Street||San Francisco||Jackson 2100||Apartment Building|
|Residence||1906||3320 Jackson Street||San Francisco||Jackson 3320||Residence|
|Residence||1908||3349-51 Jackson Street||San Francisco||Jackson 3349||Residence|
|Residence||1906||3353-55 Jackson Street||San Francisco||Jackson 3353||Residence|
|Apartment Building||1928||2299 Pacific Avenue||San Francisco||Pacific 2299||Apartment Building|
|Lafayette Apartments||1908||2135 Sacramento Street||San Francisco||Sacramento 2135||Lafayette Apartments|
|Apartment Building||1908||2205 Sacramento Street||San Francisco||Sacramento 2205||Apartment Building|
|Apartment Building||1927||2500 Steiner Street||San Francisco||Steiner 2500||Apartment Building|
|Apartment Building||1922||2000 Washington Street||San Francisco||Washington 2000||Apartment Building|
|Apartment Building||1924||2006 Washington Street||San Francisco||Washington 2006||Apartment Building|
I was surprised to learn that Meussdorffer designed the Lafayette Apartments. The building, which faces Lafayette Park, has so much in common with the distinctive architectural style of James F. Dunn that I would have wagered that Dunn had designed it.
The Lafayette Apartments and its neighbor, the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle House, are the two most flamboyant buildings on the south side of Lafayette Park.