San Francisco Landmark: Hammersmith Building
Although it occupies one of the smallest sites in the retail area, the Art Nouveau Hammersmith Building, designed by Lansburgh & Joseph, makes a contribution to the streetscape which is wholly disproportionate to its size. This important corner building characterizes, in its immediate area, the Beaux-Arts inspired post-1906 development of much of downtown San Francisco.
The building has a large amount of glass for the time it was built, and one motif, that of a building-wide arch, running through all floors.
It has maintained its integrity, having been little remodeled in its seventy-two year existence.
One of the architects, G. Albert Lansburgh, earned local fame particularly as a designer of theatres.
Adapted from Planning Commission Resolution No. 8590 dated 15 May 1980