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

Designers: Cram and Ferguson, Architects (firm); Halprin, Lawrence and Associates, Landscape Architects (firm); Hobart, Lewis P., Architect (firm); Weihe, Frick and Kruse, Architects (firm); Ralph Adams Cram (architect); Frank W. Ferguson (architect); Edward Louis Frick (architect); Lawrence Halprin (landscape architect); Lewis Parsons Hobart (architect); Lawrence Anthony Kruse Sr. (architect); Paul Anthony Ryan (architect); Ernest Edward Weihe (architect)

Dates: constructed 1927-1964

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1100 California Street
Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 94108

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The San Francisco architect Lewis Hobart worked with the noted Boston architectural firm Cram and Ferguson on the design of this Episcopalian cathedral in the heart of San Francisco's Nob Hill neighborhood. IN the 19th century, Nob Hill became the home of the city's wealthiest and most influential citizens, including members of the Central Pacific's "Big Four" investors.

Building History

The Family of Charles Crocker (1822-1888), one of the Central Pacific Railroad's "Big Four" and later a significant banker in San Francisco, CA, donated land on which the Episcopal Cathedral was sited. Construction on this French Gothic church, the third largest Episcopal Cathedral in the United States, continued between 1927-1964. The prominent local architect Lewis P. Hobart (1873-1954) completed the design for the Episcopal Diocese.

The Boston architect Ralph Adams Cram (1863-1942) consulted with Hobart on the design of the Grace Cathedral. The noted San Francisco church architect, Paul A. Ryan, worked as a draftsman on Grace Cathedral for Lewis Hobart.


The San Francisco architectural firm of Weihe, Frick and Kruse collaborated with the sculptor Bruce Moore (1905-1980) and the landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009) on design work at Grace Cathedral between 1957 and 1972.

PCAD id: 16585