San Francisco Landmarks

San Francisco Landmark 134: Mechanics Institute
21 June 2003
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San Francisco Landmark #134
Mechanics Institute
57-65 Post Street Between Kearny and Montgomery
Financial District
Built 1909

The Mechanics' Institute Library was founded in 1854, and the Mercantile Library Association was founded in 1852. Both subscription libraries lost their collections in the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.

They merged in 1906 and commissioned Albert Pissis to design a new mixed-use building with two floors designed to house the new library. The Beaux Arts building, completed in 1909, includes a 1909 Arthur Mathews painting in the lobby and a fine spiral staircase of iron and marble ascending from the lobby to the library.

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