Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Curlett, William, and Son, Architects (firm); Alexander Edward Curlett (architect); William F. Curlett (architect)

Dates: constructed 1908

4 stories

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Market Street and Battery Street
Financial District, San Francisco, CA 94104

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Building History

San Francisco heiress Mary Louise Phelan (b. 1862-1933), daughter of the Gold Rush millionaire James Phelan (1821-1892) and his wife Alice Kelly (1827-1900), commissioned the family architect, William Curlett (1846-1914), to design this commercial building for her at the busy intersection of Market and Battery Streets. The San Francisco Call wrote of this building's erection: "Mary L. Phelan is the owner of a new building now being constructed in the triangle at the intersection of Market and Battery Streets. It has a frontage of 170 feet in Market street and 23 feet in Battery, with a depth of 123 feet on the west end. The westerly store and three upper lofts will be occupied by Hoffman, Rothschild & Co., wholesale clothiers." (See "Erecting Building on Busy Corner," San Francisco Call, vol. 103, no. 85, 02/23/1908. p. 39.)

PCAD id: 19578