Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Bliss and Faville, Architects (firm); Meyer and O'Brien, Architects (firm); Walter Danforth Bliss (architect); William Baker Faville (architect); Frederick Herman Meyer (architect); Smith O'Brien (architect)

Dates: constructed 1902, demolished 1906

116 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-3607

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This first Rialto Building had a masonry skin that broke free from the steel framing, causing large portions to come down in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 04/18/1906.

Realtor and historian David Parry noted of the Rialto Building: "Meyer and O'Brien visited Chicago to gain an appreciation of office building architecture and returned to design the Rialto Building at 116 New Montgomery Street in a U-shape with a central light court and a uniform window arrangement for flexibility in subdividing floors." (SeeAccessed 12/05/2003; no longer active 12/02/2011; web site again available at:Accessed 03/05/2012.)

The Rialto Building was rebuilt along similar lines to the original in 1910 by Bliss and Faville;

The 1902 building was destroyed in the fire following the San Francisco Earthquake of 04/18/1906;

PCAD id: 1003