AKA: Hibernia Bank Building #3, San Francisco, CA

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

Designers: Landmark Construction, Incorporated (firm); Pissis, Albert, Architect (firm); Joseph Bittaker (building contractor); Paul Hanson (building contractor); Albert Pissis (architect)

Dates: constructed 1891-1892

2 stories

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1 Jones Street
Financial District, San Francisco, CA 94102

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The Hibernia Savings and Loan Company operated from its headquarters in this Neo-Classical building on the northwest corner of McAllister, Jones and Market Streets between 1892 and 1985. After the bank's removal, the building served the San Francisco Police Department and later became renovated into office space known as "1 Jones Street."

Building History

The Hibernia Savings and Loan Company was incorporated in 04/12/1859, with many early depositors having been Irish miners who struck gold during the 1849 Gold Rush. It grew steadily in the late 19th century, and was incorporated in 1864.

San Francisco architect Albert Pissis (1852-1914) entered this design in an 1891 competition sponsored by the Hibernia Company for a grand new building. This winning competition entry helped to solidify Albert Pissis's reputation as one of the leading architects practicing in San Francisco, CA, 1892-1914. An 1892 newspaper poll done by the San Francisco Call asked 20 resident artists which San Francisco building they found most artistically pleasing. Fourteen of the respondents indicated the Hibernia Savings and Loan Company Bank.

Building Notes

In 1908, with San Francisco still jittery after the destruction of the 04/18/1906 Earthquake, this bank advertised advertised its stability with deposits of $53,265,592.17, and a reserve fund of $3,754,689.39. It grew to assets of $58,298,801.75and a reserve fund $3,824,450.71 by 1914. In that year, Charles Mayo was the Hibernia Savings and Loan Society President, E.J. Tobin its Vice-President, and Richard M. Tobin, Secretary. (SeeCrocker-Langley San Francisco Directoryfor the Year Ending June1914, pp. 6 and 906.)


The San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 04/18-19/1906 damaged the bank, but, unlike many surrounding commercial buildings, the Hibernia's stout stone walls remained standing. It required five weeks of restoration before it reopened for business on 05/25/1906.

Architect Pissis designed an addition to the building, completed in 1908.

A comprehensive building renovation occurred in 2014-2015, supervised by Landmark Construction, Incorporated.

San Francisco Historic Landmark (Listed 1981-08-02): ID n/a

PCAD id: 14451