San Francisco Landmarks
Hotel Utah was built in 1908 as a saloon and hotel. It was one of many residential hotels South of Market that housed seasonal workers employed in nearby factories. In the 1930s, the saloon was a hangout for gamblers, longshoremen and ladies of the night. Most of the buildings in the neighborhood were razed in the 1940s and 1950s during a period of redevelopment, including almost all of the other residential hotels.
"....by the ’50s, the ornate wooden barback, imported from Belgium, served as the setting for customers like Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe. In the ’70s, owner Paul Gaer installed a stage and promptly ushered in a new age of live music and comedy, with a little help from opening acts Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg."
Source: Esther Mobley in San Francisco Chronicle, February 21, 2019