Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - shopping arcades

Designers: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, (SOM), San Francisco, CA (firm); Edward Charles Bassett (architect); John Ogden Merrill (architect); Nathaniel Alexander Owings (architect); Louis Skidmore Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1982

3 stories

50 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

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Edward Charles ("Chuck") Bassett (1921-1999) of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's San Francisco Office designed the Crocker Center Galleria, a three-story shopping arcade that had a mid-block location between Post Street and Sutter Street. A corridor 275-foot length extended to provide entrances on both streets, allowing a pedestrian flow through the building from north and south. Originally, the Galleria contained about 62 stores and restaurants. A glazed barrel vault covered the interior corridor admitting great amounts of light (some said excessive) into the shopping arcade. The Galleria provided an urban amenity for pedestrians in a densely packed private urban core. The Galleria also accommodated workers in the 38-floor Crocker Bank Building ([1982] located on Kearny and Post Streets, later called the "Pacific Telesis Tower" and, subsequent to this, the "Montgomery Tower"), whose lobby opened directly on the space. In 2013, there were 24 stores located in the Galleria including: A Shine and Company, Abigail's Flowers, Aricie Lingerie, ArtPeople Gallery, Bella Ceramica, BellaDonna Nail Salon, Bossa, BreakPoint Massage, CompoClay, The Dental Suite, Direct Copy, EOS Sleep, For Eyes Optical, Galleria Hair Design, GreenStreets Cleaners, J.Roland Salon, Leonidas Chocolate, Luxe Pieces, MemXpress, Memento Press, Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Home Collection, Ravits Watches and Jewelry, and VIP Luggage and Leather.

PCAD id: 18690