AKA: Humboldt Bank Building #2, San Francisco, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - banks (buildings)

Designers: Meyer and O'Brien, Architects (firm); Frederick Herman Meyer (architect); Smith O'Brien (architect)

Dates: constructed 1907-1908

785 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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The Humboldt Bank had an address of 783 Market Street in 1916.

Building History

This bank building was erected to replace a previous structure probably demolished in the earthquake and fire of 04/18/1906. The new building was in operation by 05/1908, with advertisements of that time assuring clients and potential customers of its reliable solidity and fire resistance. An ad in the San Francisco Call at that time stated: "Now located in its new class A, fireproof building. Market near Fourth. Our armor plate safe deposit vaults will afford perfect protection from fire and theft." (See "Humboldt Savings Bank" San Francisco Call, 05/14/1908, p. 9.)

Building Notes

Meyer and O'Brien, during their 6-year partnership, designed this Humboldt Bank Building to replace the previous destroyed in the Great Earthquake and Fire of 04/18-19/1906. Both Frederick Meyer and Smith O'Brien rented office spaces in the Humboldt Savings Bank Building, following the dissolution of their partnership in 1908.

Humboldt offered safe deposit vaults in 1916 at 783 Market Street. (See "Humboldt Bank Ad," Federal Telegraph Company Radio News, distributed aboard the S.S. Sonoma, a Matson Line ship, 09/27/1916, p. 1.)

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