AKA: Chronicle Building #3, Financial District, San Francisco, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Burnham, Daniel H., and Company, Architects (firm); Daniel Hudson Burnham (architect)

Dates: constructed 1906-1907

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Market Street and Kearny Street
Financial District, San Francisco, CA 94102

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The Chronicle Building #3 has occupied the northwest corner of Market and Kearny since 1907.

Building History

The architectural firm D.H. Burnham and Company of Chicago, IL, designed this reconstruction of the Chronicle Building following the cataclysmic San Francisco Earthquake of 04/18/1906. Midwesterner Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912) knew San Francisco well as he had collaborated with William Bennett on a new city plan completed by 09/1905. The previous Chronicle Building of 1890 had been done by Burnham's previous firm Burnham and Root.

Building Notes

In 1909, the United States Army, Department of California, had many of its offices leased in the Chronicle Building #3, making it a large and important tenant. These offices included those of Adjutant General, Chief of Staff, Chief Commissary, Chief Paymaster, Chief Quartermaster, Chief Surgeon, Commanding General, Chief Engineer Officer, Headquarters, Inspector General, Inspector Small Arms Practice, Judge Advocate, Paymasters amd Signal Officer. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1909, p. 1568.) The US Army maintained other offices at Fort Mason (Constructing Quartermaster), the Presidio (General Hospital, Sanitary Inspector, and Subsistence Department), 660 Market Street (Recruiting Department), 1018 North Point Street (Medical Purveyor and Medical Supply Depot), 1006 North Point Street (Purchasing Commissary Department), Wharf Pier 12 (Transport Service, at the foot of Folsom Street). Its Ordnance Department was situated in Benicia, CA.

PCAD id: 18054