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

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1913

2 stories, total floor area: 9,012 sq. ft.


This branch of the German Savings and Loan Society opened c. 1913. In 1914, C.W. Heyer served as the branch manager of the bank.

Building History

Prior to the German Savings and Loan Society in 1890, Meinert H. Riewerts and Edward Helmke operated a liquor and grocery store at this address. Riewerts lived nearby at 2505 1/2 Mission Street at that time. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1890, p. 1118.) The German Savings and Loan Society decided in 1908 to open a branch bank, a concept new to banking in CA, at the southeast corner of 21st Street and Mission Street. The first location was temporary, and may have been located in the former grocery/liquor store. The experiment proved successful, and the bank erected this permanent building on this site in 1913.

This building has housed several banking institutions through the years, beginning with the German Savings and Loan Society in 1913. The San Francisco Savings and Loan Society had a branch at this address in 1921. The San Francisco Bank operated here in 1950, and Bay View Federal Savings and Loan occupied the space in 1974. From at least 1984 untill 1999, the Sanwa Bank of California transacted branch operations here.

Building Notes

In 2018, the former bank building at 2501 Mission Street occupied a 6,056-square-foot lot.

PCAD id: 22580