San Francisco Landmarks

San Francisco Landmark #267: Swedish-American Hall
25 January 2016
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San Francisco Landmark #267
Swedish-American Hall
2168-2174 Market Street
Built 1907

The Swedish-American Hall is the most significant extant building associated with San Francisco's Swedish community. It is emblematic of the development of a larger Scandinavian enclave in the Mission Dolores and Upper Market area at the turn of the 20th century.

Designed by master architect, August Nordin, the building employs a rich palate of materials and ornament which conveys a strong street presence commensurate with its use as a public meeting hall. The building contains lodge rooms each having a distinctive identity while remaining harmonious within the overall composition. Freja Hall features highly ornamental finishes and soaring truss work that rank it among the finest expressions of the Arts & Crafts style in California.

The overall level of preservation is outstanding. Other than its storefronts, the building has experienced relatively few alterations.

Source: Adapted from the San Francisco Planning Department Landmark Designation Report

Cafe du Nord, which has been in business here since 1907, was restored in 2015. The building also hosts public performances and private events.

The Swedish-American Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on 20 September 2019.

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