Conrad Meussdorffer (1871-1945)

2500 Steiner Street Designed by Conrad Meussdorffer
2500 Steiner Street
2 July 2012
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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
Residence1904870-74 Chestnut StreetSan FranciscoChestnut 0870Residence
Residence18973016-18 Clay StreetSan FranciscoClay 3016Residence
Residence19023051-55 Clay StreetSan FranciscoClay 3051Residence
Residence19043295 Clay StreetSan FranciscoClay 3295Residence
Apartment Building19172145 Franklin StreetSan FranciscoFranklin 2145Apartment Building
Apartment Building19231800 Gough StreetSan FranciscoGough 1800Apartment Building
St. Regis Apartments19081925 Gough StreetSan FranciscoGough 1925St. Regis Apartments
Apartment Building19171810 Jackson StreetSan FranciscoJackson 1810Apartment Building
Apartment Building19161824 and 1830 Jackson StreetSan FranciscoJackson 1824Apartment Building
Apartment Building19232100 Jackson StreetSan FranciscoJackson 2100Apartment Building
Residence19063320 Jackson StreetSan FranciscoJackson 3320Residence
Residence19083349-51 Jackson StreetSan FranciscoJackson 3349Residence
Residence19063353-55 Jackson StreetSan FranciscoJackson 3353Residence
Apartment Building19282299 Pacific AvenueSan FranciscoPacific 2299Apartment Building
Lafayette Apartments19082135 Sacramento StreetSan FranciscoSacramento 2135Lafayette Apartments
Apartment Building19082205 Sacramento StreetSan FranciscoSacramento 2205Apartment Building
Apartment Building19272500 Steiner StreetSan FranciscoSteiner 2500Apartment Building
Apartment Building19222000 Washington StreetSan FranciscoWashington 2000Apartment Building
Apartment Building19242006 Washington StreetSan FranciscoWashington 2006Apartment Building
2100 Jackson Street
Photographed 19 September 2019
3320 Jackson Street
Photographed 2 July 2012
2299 Pacific Avenue
Photographed 2 August 2012
2135 Sacramento Street in San Francisco Designed by Conrad Meussdorffer Lafayette Apartments and Doyle House
Lafayette Apartments
2135 Sacramento Street
Photographed 19 September 2019

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.

2000 Washington Street in San Francisco Designed by Conrad Meussdorffer
2006 Washington Street, also designed by Meussdorffer,
is on the left.
2000 Washington Street
Photographed 5 September 2019
Spreckels Mansion and 2006 Washington Street in San Francisco Spreckels Mansion and 2006 Washington Street
2006 Washington Street
Photographed 5 September 2019

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