San Francisco Landmarks

San Francisco Landmark 115: Health Sciences Library 8 February 2009
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San Francisco Landmark #115
Health Sciences Library
2395 Sacramento Street at Webster
Built 1912

Also known as the Lane Library, this Beaux Arts building was designed by Albert Pissis.

As described on the CPMC1 Sutter Health website:

The smooth soft gray Colusa sandstone exterior is constructed on a steel frame with three horizontal divisions. The bottom layer has rustication (stacked stone blocks) with a plain cornice to separate it from the center level. The central main level is smooth, with Ionic pilasters with very shallow and subtle vertical flutes.

The windows are classic roman arches with simplified scrolled brackets as keystones. A cornice with rows of large and small dentils separates this level from the top.

The lobby and reading room feature smooth pilasters and coffered ceilings decorated with dentils, acanthus leaves, rosettes, and egg & dart borders picked out in gold. The tall Roman arched windows provide plenty of light. Handmade brass and stained glass chandeliers and other light fixtures add to the rich effect. The unique custom-designed shelving in dark green echoes the architecture with its row of arched details on the cornice and the rectangle & circle motifs on the shelf faces. The rest of the building houses six floors of stacks and a variety of smaller rooms for special collections and work areas.

The building remains a library for health care professionals.

Note 1: Most San Franciscans think that CPMC stands for California Pacific Medical Center, but according to people who work there, it stands for can't park my car.

The domed building is Temple Sherith Israel, also designed by Albert Pissis and built in 1904 two years before the 1906 Earthquake. The temple is National Register Listing #10000114.

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