Reid & Reid (1889-1932)

Irwin Mansion by Reid & Reid 2190 Washington Street
Irwin Mansion c1957
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Dr. William G. Irwin commissioned the Reid brothers to design his family home on Lafayette Park, high above San Francisco Bay.

After Irwin's death in 1914, the building housed the country's first blood repository, later named the Irwin Memorial Blood Bank in 1941.

The Irwin Mansion was destroyed by fire in the late 1950s, and a twelve-story building, Washington Tower Apartments, replaced it.

You can see the Irwin Mansion in the 1934 movie, Fog Over Frisco, starring Bette Davis.


James W. Reid (1851-1943)
Merritt J. Reid (1855-1932)

The Reid brothers, James and Merritt, who were born in Canada, designed many San Francisco buildings during the City Beautiful period.

They opened their San Francisco office in 1889, and remained in business here until 1932 when Merritt died and James, one of the founders of the San Francisco Opera Company, turned full time to his hobbies of oil painting and music.

During their long and productive careers, the Reid Brothers were known especially for their Classical Revival mansions and movie theaters.

Name Year Address City Sort Address Sort Name
Rapp Building1907121 Second StreetSan Francisco!Street 02 0121Rapp Building
Hotel Lankershim191955 Fifth StreetSan Francisco!Street 05 0055Hotel Lankershim
Roosevelt Theater19242781 24th StreetSan Francisco!Street 24 2781Roosevelt Theater
Sweasey Theater1920412 G StreetEureka!Street G 0412Sweasey Theater
Balboa Theater19263630 Balboa StreetSan FranciscoBalboa 3630Balboa Theater
New Sequoia Theater Building19292211-2235 Broadway StreetRedwood CityBroadway 2211New Sequoia Theater Building
Breeden House18942770 BroadwaySan FranciscoBroadway 2770Breeden House
Selfridge Houses18942601-2611 California StreetSan FranciscoCalifronia 2601Selfridge Houses
Colisuem Theater1918745 Clement StreetSan FranciscoClement 0745Colisuem Theater
Colombo Building19131-21 Columbus AvenueSan FranciscoColumbus 0021Colombo Building
Harding Theater1926616 Divisadero StreetSan FranciscoDivisadero 0616Harding Theater
Theatre St. Francis1916333 Geary StreetSan FranciscoGeary 0333Theatre St. Francis
Alexandria Theater19235400 Geary BoulevardSan FranciscoGeary 5400Alexandria Theater
Amazon Theater1928965 Geneva AvenueSan FranciscoGeneva 0965Amazon Theater
Murphy Windmill Keeper's House1909Golden Gate ParkSan FranciscoGolden Gate ParkMurphy Windmill Keeper's House
Polo Grounds Stadium1908Golden Gate ParkSan FranciscoGolden Gate ParkPolo Grounds Stadium
Riviera Theatre1927562 Haight StreetSan FranciscoHaight 0562Riviera Theatre
Merritt Building1907612 Howard StreetSan FranciscoHoward 0612Merritt Building
Hale Brothers Department Store1907901 Market StreetSan FranciscoMarket 0901Hale Brothers Department Store
Drexler Estate Building1908938-942 Market StreetSan FranciscoMarket 0938Drexler Estate Building
David Hewes Building1908995 Market StreetSan FranciscoMarket 0995David Hewes Building
Embassy Theater19051125 Market StreetSan FranciscoMarket 1125Embassy Theater
First Congregational Church1914432 Mason StreetSan FranciscoMason 0432First Congregational Church
Fairmont Hotel1906950 Mason StreetSan FranciscoMason 0950Fairmont Hotel
New Mission Theater19162550 Mission StreetSan FranciscoMission 2550New Mission Theater
California-Pacific Building1910105 Montgomery StreetSan FranciscoMontgomery 0105California-Pacific Building
Call-Post Building191474 New Montgomery StreetSan FranciscoNew Montgomery 0074Call-Post Building
Cliff House19091090 Point Lobos AvenueSan FranciscoPoint LobosCliff House
Royal Theater19161529 Polk StreetSan FranciscoPolk 1529Royal Theater
Gump's (Release 2)1910135 Post StreetSan FranciscoPost 0135Gump's (Release 2)
Bullock & Jones Building1923340 Post StreetSan FranciscoPost 0340Bullock & Jones Building
Hale House191026 Presidio TerraceSan FranciscoPresidio Terrace 0026Hale House
Weed House18961919 Sacramento StreetSan FranciscoSacramento 1919Weed House
Avenue Theatre19272650 San Bruno AvenueSan FranciscoSan Bruno 2650Avenue Theatre
Geneva Car Barn18992301 San Jose AvenueSan FranciscoSan Jose 2301Geneva Car Barn
Rose Building1908216-220 Sutter StreetSan FranciscoSutter 0216Rose Building
Co-Op Apartments19271100 Union StreetSan FranciscoUnion 1100Co-Op Apartments
Metro Theater19242055 Union StreetSan FranciscoUnion 2055Metro Theater
Residence19172646 Vallejo StreetSan FranciscoVallejo 2646Residence
Irwin Mansion (Destroyed by Fire)18982190 Washington StreetSan FranciscoWashington 2190Irwin Mansion (Destroyed by Fire)
Breeden House
2770 Broadway
Photographed 12 May 2012
340 Post Street
Photographed 20 February 2012
Weed House
1919 Sacramento Street
Photographed 19 September 2019
Rapp Building
Originally Drexler Estate Building
121 Second Street
Photographed 19 February 2012
Rose Building
AKA W&J Sloane Building
216-220 Sutter Street
Built 1908
Photographed 28 November 2019

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