San Francisco Historic District

Civic Center Hotel at Market and 12th Streets Civic Center Hotel at 1601 Market Street

Lesser Brothers Building at 1629-1645 Lesser Brothers Building at 1629-1645 Market Street

12 January 2020

Although the Civic Center Hotel and the Lesser Brothers Building have much in common with the eight buildings which comprise the district, they were not included in the district. When we photographed them in January 2020, their future looked bright. Both buildings may be renovated as components of a mixed-use real estate project named "1629 Market Street."

Market Street Masonry Discontiguous District
Market Street Between Franklin Street and Valencia Street
Built 1911-1925
Designated September 2012

The district contains eight architecturally significant buildings constructed between 1911 and 1925 when San Francisco was being rebuilt after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. The buildings were constructed with earthquake and fire-resistant materials such as reinforced concrete or a combination of brick and reinforced concrete.

The buildings were designed by master architects, such as August Nordin and George Applegarth, in one of the formal styles of the early 20th century: Classical Revival, Colonial Revival, Renaissance Revival, Venetian Gothic Revival. Each building exhibits a formal three-part arrangement consisting of a base, a column and a decorative top. In many of the buildings, bay windows reinforce the vertical design, while increasing light and air into the interior.

All of the buildings are well-preserved and retain most or all of their character-defining features. Many retain unaltered storefronts with prism glass transom lights, bronze plate glass window frames and decorative bases.

Source: Adapted from the San Francisco Landmark Designation Report for the Market Street Masonry Discontiguous District approved in April 2013.

Name Year Address Remarks Sort Address Sort Name
Whiteside Apartments1912150 Franklin StreetNordinFranklin 0150Whiteside Apartments
Miramar Apartments19111580-1598 Market Street LansburghMarket 1580Miramar Apartments
Crockett Apartments19121649-1651 Market StreetApplegarthMarket 1649Crockett Apartments
Ascot Hotel19111657 Market StreetHladik and ThayerMarket 1657Ascot Hotel
Edwardian Hotel19131666-1668 Market StreetCrimMarket 1666Edwardian Hotel
Gaffney Building19231670-1680 Market StreetFalchMarket 1670Gaffney Building
McRoskey Mattress Company19251687 Market StreetFabre and HildebrandMarket 1687McRoskey Mattress Company
Hotel Allen19141693-1695 Market StreetMeussdorfferMarket 1693Hotel Allen
Crockett Apartments by Gustave Albert Lansburgh

Crockett Apartments by Gustave Albert Lansburgh Eat Carnation Mush

Surf over to the San Francisco Ghost Sign Mapping Project to view a plethora of vintage, hand-painted signs.

Miramar Apartments
1589-1598 Market Street
Built 1917
Photographed 12 December 2020

Gustave Albert Lansburgh designed this seven-story steel-frame apartment and commercial building in the Classical Revival style. The building has a roughly E-shaped plan created by blocks of apartments and interior light wells.

Crockett Apartments
1649-1651 Market Street
Built 1912
Photographed 12 December 2020

Designed by MacDonald and Applegarth in the Classical Revival style, this sixty-unit apartment building is clad in stucco and brick. It sits on a reinforced concrete perimeter foundation and is capped by a flat roof.

Ascot Hotel by Hladik & Thayer Crockett Apartments and Ascot Hotel

Ascot Hotel by Hladik & Thayer
Drawing by Architects

Ascot Hotel
1657 Market Street
Built 1911
Photographed 12 December 2020

Designed by Hladik & Thayer in the Venetian Revival style which incorporates ornamental details such as large detailed cornices visually supported by modillions, stucco scored to resemble masonry, ornamental plaster detailing, fluted columns and pilasters, and banks of windows within an arcade.

Edwardian Hotel
1666-1688 Market Street
Built 1913
Photographed 12 December 2020

Architect William H. Crimin (1879-1930) designed this five-story, concrete-frame residential hotel in the Colonial Revival style.

Crimin worked for eight years in the offices of Percy and Hamilton. He was then employed by Willis Polk for two years before becoming a sole practitioner.

Gaffney Building
AKA Lady Hub Apartments
1670-1680 Market Street
Built 1923
Photographed 12 December 2020

Architect Walter C. Falch designed this multiple-family apartment building in the Renaissance Revival style.

City Directories from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s list the Lady Hub Apartments as housing an equal number of male and female tenants. The 1936 and 1940 directories identify Gaffney and Luce Butchers, the Hub Market and the Hub Tavern as occupying the storefronts. The 1953 Directory identifies the storefronts as housing the the Hub Bakery, the Hub Market, the Hub Tavern, and James B. Gaffney Meats.

Edward McRoskey Mattress Company
1693-1695 Market Street
Built 1925
Photographed 12 December 2020
Hotel Allen
1693-1695 Market Street
Built 1914
Photographed 12 December 2020

Architect Conrad A. Meussdorffer designed this building in the Renaissance Revival style.

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