Frederick Herman Meyer (1876-1961)

National Register #86000148: Y.M.C.A. Hotel
Y.M.C.A. Hotel in San Francisco
National Register #86000148
Built 1928
Photographed 12 March 2004
(Click Photo to Zoom)

San Francisco native, Frederick Meyer, who had no formal architectural training, was hired as a draftsman by builders Campbell and Pettus in 1896. In 1898, he went to work for architect Samuel Newsom, who soon promoted him to partner.

In 1902, Meyer entered into a partnership with Smith O'Brien. Their partnership lasted for six years.

Meyer opened his own office in 1908 in the Humboldt Bank Building which he had designed with O'Brien and which had been rebuilt after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.

Mayor Sunny Jim Rolph appointed Meyer, John Galen Howard and John Reid, Jr., to lay out the plan for building a new Civic Center in conjunction with the rebuilding of City Hall.

Five of Meyer's buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Coffin-Redington Building in SoMa, PG&E Substation J and the Rialto Building in the Financial District, the Y.M.C.A. Hotel in The Tenderloin and the Union Iron Works Powerhouse in Alameda.

Three of Meyer's buildings are San Francisco Landmarks: the Cadillac Hotel in the Tenderloin, the North End Police Station in the Marina and PG&E Substation J in the Financial District.

You can view buildings designed by Meyer in chronological order here, or use a link in the following table to visit a specific property.

Name Year Address City Sort Address Sort Name
Apartment Building on Octavia Street18991916 Octavia StreetSan FranciscoOctavia 1916Apartment Building on Octavia Street
Apartment Building on Pacific Avenuer19001901 Pacific AvenueSan FranciscoPacific 1901Apartment Building on Pacific Avenuer
Apartment Building on Broadway19012474-2478 BroadwaySan FranciscoBroadway 2474Apartment Building on Broadway
Residence on Baker Street19022032-2034 Baker StreetSan FranciscoBaker 2032Residence on Baker Street
Residence on Broadway19022480 BroadwaySan FranciscoBroadway 2480Residence on Broadway
Rialto Building1902116 New Montgomery StreetSan FranciscoNew MontgomeryRialto Building
Apartment Building on Baker Street19042021-2023 Baker StreetSan FranciscoBaker 2021Apartment Building on Baker Street
Monadnock Building1906673-687 Market StreetSan FranciscoMarket 0673Monadnock Building
Cadillac Hotel1907366-394 Eddy StreetSan FranciscoEddy 0366Cadillac Hotel
Humboldt Bank Building1908785 Market StreetSan FranciscoMarket 0785Humboldt Bank Building
Residence on Steiner Street19092756 Steiner StreetSan FranciscoSteiner 2756Residence on Steiner Street
Chismore Apartments1910999 Bush StreetSan FranciscoBush 0999Chismore Apartments
St. Dominic Apartments1910980 Bush StreetSan FranciscoBush 0980St. Dominic Apartments
North End Police Station19122475 Greenwich Street San FranciscoGreenwich 2475North End Police Station
Apartment Building on Post Street1913775 Post StreetSan FranciscoPost 0775Apartment Building on Post Street
Belgravia Apartments1913795 Sutter StreetSan FranciscoSutter 0795Belgravia Apartments
Apartment Building on Green Street19142195 Green StreetSan FranciscoGreen 2195Apartment Building on Green Street
PG&E Substation J 1914565 Commercial StreetSan FranciscoCommercial 0565PG&E Substation J
Apartment Building on Post Street1915956 Post StreetSan FranciscoPost 0956Apartment Building on Post Street
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium191599 Grove StreetSan FranciscoGrove 099Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
PGE Building1916445 Sutter StreetSan FranciscoSutter 0445PGE Building
Residence19172430 Pacific AvenueSan FranciscoPacific 2430Residence
Union Iron Works Main Office191720th and Illinois StreetsSan Francisco Street 20 0100Union Iron Works Main Office
Union Iron Works Powerhouse19171305 Marina Village ParkwayAlamedaMarina Village 1305Union Iron Works Powerhouse
Apartment Building on Washington Street19182595 Washington StreetSan FranciscoWashington 2595Apartment Building on Washington Street
Embarcadero YMCA1924166 The EmbarcaderoSan FranciscoEmbarcadero 0166Embarcadero YMCA
Bankers Investment Building1928730 Market StreetSan FranciscoMarket 0730Bankers Investment Building
Turk Street YMCA1928351 Turk StreetSan FranciscoTurk 0351Turk Street YMCA
Coffin-Redington Building1937301 Folsom StreetSan FranciscoFolsom 0301Coffin-Redington Building
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