AKA: Saint Mary's Church #2, San Francisco, CA, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

Structure Type: built works - religious structures - cathedrals; built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1907-1909

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660 California Street
Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94108

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This church, dedicated iby Archbishop Patrick William Riordan (1841-1914) on 06/20/1909, has functioned as a parish church since the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906 destroyed the preceding 1854 building.

Building History

The San Francisco Roman Catholic Archdiocese rebuilt the church very closely on the lines of the Early Gothic Revival original. There were some differences in detail, but the largest changes were structural. According to the church's web site: "Steel was used to replaced the burned wood roof trusses and floor framing. More durable materials modified and replaced trim elements damaged by the quake and fire. Facing the church across California Street, where some of the neighborhoods more notorious dings once stood, there was now a new park named St. Mary' s Square." (See Old Saint Mary's Cathedral, "History," accessed 03/15/2015.)


At the time of the Second World War, the church was expanded; a library, auditorium, and lecture hall were added at this time. Alterations also occurred in 2011-2012.

California Historical Landmark: 810

San Francisco Historic Landmark: 2

PCAD id: 19524