Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - stores; built works - dwellings - houses - apartment houses

Designers: Curlett, William, Architect (firm); William F. Curlett (architect)

Dates: constructed 1897

3 stories

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3rd Street and South Park
South Park, San Francisco, CA 94107

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San Francisco politician and banker James Duval Phelan (1861-1930) obtained architect William Curlett's services to design this Mission Revival Style, three-floor building that contained shops on the first floor and offices/apartments on the upper two. Phelan relied on Curlett several times after this, to design various structures, including his giant Phelan Building #2, after the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire destroyed the previous 1881 building on the site.

Building Notes

The San Francisco Call described the new Phelan Building in 08/1896: "James D. Phelan has decided to build at the southeast corner of South Park and Third street a three-story structure, fashioned in the style of Spanish architecture. The land on which the edifice is to be erected has a frontage of 137 feet on Third street and a depth of 45 feet on South Park. On the first floor there will be six stores facing Third street. On the floors above there will be eight flats or tenements--four in the second and four in the third story." The article then discussed the building's au courant Mission Revival Style: "The building will present several features very agreeable to the eye. The pitched rood, in Spanish style, of the South Park elevation, and the angle center bay-windows, together with the wrought-iron balconies, add to the beauty of the extension. The material of the structure above the foundation is to be wood, but it will be finished to resemble brick and stone plastering."

PCAD id: 19577