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|
|Store||1911||729 Bush Street||San Francisco||Bush 0729||Store|
|Residence on Clay Street||1904||870-874 Chestnut Street||San Francisco||Chestnut 0870||Residence on Clay Street|
|Residence on Clay Street||1897||3016-3018 Clay Street||San Francisco||Clay 3016||Residence on Clay Street|
|Residence on Clay Street||1902||3051-3055 Clay Street||San Francisco||Clay 3051||Residence on Clay Street|
|Residence on Clay Street||1904||3295 Clay Street||San Francisco||Clay 3295||Residence on Clay Street|
|Apartment Building on Franklin Street||1917||2145 Franklin Street||San Francisco||Franklin 2145||Apartment Building on Franklin Street|
|Apartment Building on Gough Street||1923||1800 Gough Street||San Francisco||Gough 1800||Apartment Building on Gough Street|
|St. Regis Apartments||1908||1925 Gough Street||San Francisco||Gough 1925||St. Regis Apartments|
|Residence on Hyde Street||1907||647 Hyde Street||San Francisco||Hyde 0647||Residence on Hyde Street|
|Apartment Building on Jackson Street||1917||1810 Jackson Street||San Francisco||Jackson 1810||Apartment Building on Jackson Street|
|Apartment Building on Jackson Street||1916||1824 and 1830 Jackson Street||San Francisco||Jackson 1824||Apartment Building on Jackson Street|
|Apartment Building on Jackson Street||1923||2100 Jackson Street||San Francisco||Jackson 2100||Apartment Building on Jackson Street|
|Residence on Jackson Street||1906||3320 Jackson Street||San Francisco||Jackson 3320||Residence on Jackson Street|
|Residence on Jackson Street||1908||3349-51 Jackson Street||San Francisco||Jackson 3349||Residence on Jackson Street|
|Residence on Jackson Street||1906||3353-55 Jackson Street||San Francisco||Jackson 3353||Residence on Jackson Street|
|Hess Building||1912||163-165 Jessie Street||San Francisco||Jessie 0163||Hess Building|
|Holluschickie Club||1911||700 Mason Street||San Francisco||Mason 0700||Holluschickie Club|
|Hotel Allen||1914||1693-1695 Market Street||San Francisco||Market 1693||Hotel Allen|
|Apartment Building||1928||2299 Pacific Avenue||San Francisco||Pacific 2299||Apartment Building|
|De Kope Apartments||1912||1003 Post Street||San Francisco||Post 1003||De Kope Apartments|
|Perine House||1911||535 Powell Street||San Francisco||Powell 0535||Perine House|
|Family Club||1909||545 Powell Street||San Francisco||Powell 0545||Family Club|
|Lafayette Apartments||1908||2135 Sacramento Street||San Francisco||Sacramento 2135||Lafayette Apartments|
|Apartment Building on Sacramento Street||1908||2205 Sacramento Street||San Francisco||Sacramento 2205||Apartment Building on Sacramento Street|
|Apartment Building on Steiner Street||1927||2500 Steiner Street||San Francisco||Steiner 2500||Apartment Building on Steiner Street|
|Apartment Building on Sutter Street||1918||680 Sutter Street||San Francisco||Sutter 0680||Apartment Building on Sutter Street|
|Roycroft Hotel||1909||972 Sutter Street||San Francisco||Sutter 0972||Roycroft Hotel|
|Flats||1909||974-978 Sutter Street||San Francisco||Sutter 0974||Flats|
|Hotel Penzance||1913||979 Sutter Street||San Francisco||Sutter 0979||Hotel Penzance|
|Building||1935||1 United Nations Plaza||San Francisco||United Nations 0001||Building|
|Apartment Building on Washington Street||1922||2000 Washington Street||San Francisco||Washington 2000||Apartment Building on Washington Street|
|Apartment Building on Washington Street||1924||2006 Washington Street||San Francisco||Washington 2006||Apartment Building on Washington Street|
|Arcona Apartments||1912||851 California Street||San Francisco||California 0851||Arcona Apartments|
|Marvin Building||1908||24 California Street||San Francisco||California 0024||Marvin Building|
|Riverside Apartments||1917||50 Golden Gate Avenue||San Francisco||Golden Gate 0050||Riverside Apartments|
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.