AKA: Bay Cities Metal Trades and Industrial Union Council, Mission District, San Francisco, CA; Soka Gakkai International of America Buddhist Church, Mission District, San Francisco, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1911

4 stories, total floor area: 35,725 sq. ft.

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2450 17th Street
Mission District, San Francisco, CA 94110

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This four-floor, reinforced-concrete building has housed educational organizations, labor unions and a Buddhist temple during its over 100-year history.

Building History

During the mid-20th century, at least three vocational schools rented space at 2450 17th Street in San Francisco, the Lux Technical Institute (later Lux College), c. 1941-1952, a dental assistant’s school, c. 1944, and the Academy of Stenographic Arts, c. 1965-1983. The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council had office space here during the 1950s and 1960s, with the Cement Mason Local 580 having offices in the building in 1958. A few publishing operations also leased rooms in the building, the most notable having been imprints of the McGraw-Hill Company, including the Daily Pacific Builder and the Sweets Catalog. In addition, the Western Collector magazine had an office here in 1968.

A Buddhist group, known variously as the "San Francisco Budhist Culture Center" and the "Soka Gakkai International of America Buddhist Church" has occupied rooms here since at least 2002.

Building Notes

In 2020, this union had its headquarters at 1660 San Pablo Avenue, Suite #C, Oakland, CA.

Three San Francisco Parcel Numbers covering this property--3962/010, 3962/012 and 3962/013--were consolidated into 3962/014 on 04/23/1996. The parcel contained 39,025 square feet in 2020.

San Francisco County Assessor Number: 3962014

PCAD id: 23428