T. Paterson Ross

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Thomas Paterson Ross was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and immigrated to San Francisco in 1890.

After the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, Ross partnered with engineer A. W. Burgren. They designed a number of residential and commercial buildings throughout San Francisco.

His career was cut short in 1922. While inspecting construction of the Union League Club at 555 Post Street his skull was fractured by falling bricks. He survived and lived until 1957, but he was unable to work. He died on April 26, 1957 at the age of 84.

Name Year Address City Sort Address Sort Name
Alcazar Theater1917650 Geary StreetSan FranciscoGeary 0650Alcazar Theater
American Chicle Company1907191-197 Second StreetSan FranciscoSecond 0191American Chicle Company
Apartment Building on Post1906711 Post StreetSan FranciscoPost 0711Apartment Building on Post
Apartment Building on Webster19082313 Webster StreetSan FranciscoWebster 2313Apartment Building on Webster
Baldwin Hotel1910321 Grant AvenueSan FranciscoGrant 0321Baldwin Hotel
Capo di Monte19212111 Hyde StreetSan FranciscoHyde 2111Capo di Monte
Chatham Apartments19121750 Sacramento StreetSan FranciscoSacramento 1750Chatham Apartments
Co-Op Apartment Building19202222 Hyde StreetSan FranciscoHyde 2222Co-Op Apartment Building
Donohoe Building1908201 Pine Street and 99 Battery StreetSan FranciscoPine 0201Donohoe Building
Gebhardt House19052825 BroadwaySan FranciscoBroadway 2825Gebhardt House
Greenwich Terrace Co-Op Apartments19121101 Greenwich StreetSan FranciscoGreenwich 1101Greenwich Terrace Co-Op Apartments
Residence on Arguello1896433 Arguello StreetSan FranciscoArguello 0433Residence on Arguello
Residence on Broadway19012368-2372 BroadwaySan FranciscoBroadway 2368Residence on Broadway
Residence on Broadway19082452 BroadwaySan FranciscoBroadway 2452Residence on Broadway
Residence on Chesnut19041001 Chesnut StreetSan FranciscoChesnut 1001Residence on Chesnut
Residence on Clay19052209 Clay StreetSan FranciscoClay 2209Residence on Clay
Residence on Clay19042210 Clay StreetSan FranciscoClay 2210Residence on Clay
Residence on Clay19043110 Clay StreetSan FranciscoClay 3110Residence on Clay
Residence on Divisadero19042121 Divisadero StreetSan FranciscoDivisadero 2121Residence on Divisadero
Residence on Larkin19012707 Larkin StreetSan FranciscoLarkin 2707Residence on Larkin
Residence on Presidio Terrace191021 Presidio TerraceSan FranciscoPresidio TerraceResidence on Presidio Terrace
Residence on Spruce1897210 Spruce StreetSan FranciscoSpruce 210Residence on Spruce
Residence on Spruce1897223 Spruce StreetSan FranciscoSpruce 223Residence on Spruce
Residence on Spruce1897316 Spruce StreetSan FranciscoSpruce 316Residence on Spruce
Residence on Vallejo19092395 Vallejo StreetSan FranciscoVallejo 2395Residence on Vallejo
Sing Chong1908615 Grant AvenueSan FranciscoGrant 0615Sing Chong
Sing Fat1907555-597 Grant AvenueSan FranciscoGrant 0555Sing Fat
Summit Co-Op Apartments19142164 Hyde StreetSan FranciscoHyde 2164Summit Co-Op Apartments
Union League Building1922555 Post StreetSan FranciscoPost 0555Union League Building
Union Terrace Co-Op Apartments19201020 Union StreetSan FranciscoUnion 1020Union Terrace Co-Op Apartments
United Sheet Metal Works1910579 Howard StreetSan FranciscoHoward 579United Sheet Metal Works
2368-2372 Broadway
Photographed 17 October 2019
Gebhardt House
2825 Broadway
Photographed 1 August 2012

This Georgian house was commissioned by Charles G. Gebhardt and built in 1905. The double lot has a fifty-foot street frontage.

3110 Clay Street
Photographed 19 December 2019
Baldwin Hotel
321 Grant Avenue
Built 1910
Photographed 28 November 2019

Designed by Ross and Burgren, this steel-frame building has Renaissance/Baroque ornamentation. The top two stories were designed by architect Oscar Haupt and added to the building in 1912.

When we photographed the building in November 2019, it housed the Hotel 32One.

Sing Fat Building
555-597 Grant Avenue
Built 1907
Photographed 28 November 2019

The Sing Fat Building and the Sing Chong Building, at the intersection of Grant Avenue and California Street, mark the entrance to pre-1906 Chinatown. Old St. Mary's Church is also at this intersection.

Ross was the first architect to design Chinese inspired buildings in Chinatown, a practice which became common after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.

The white building up the hill on California Street is San Francisco Landmark 167.

Sing Chong Building
615 Grant Avenue
Built 1908
Photographed 28 November 2019

Chatham Apartments
1750 Sacramento Street
Photographed 19 September 2019
2395 Vallejo Street
Photographed 3 September 2019

Between 1900 and 1906, Ross often collaborated engineer Albert W. Burgren. After the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, they became partners.

Ross & Burgren designed this residence in 1909. It is obscured by Ficus microcarpa trees which can grow to a height of forty feet in San Francisco and are not deciduous.

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