AKA: Huntington Hotel, Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA; Scarlet Huntington Hotel, Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses - apartment houses; built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: Cahill Contractors, Incorporated (firm); Weeks and Day, Architects (firm); Edward Cahill (building contractor); J. R. Cahill (building contractor/engineer); William Peyton Day (structural engineer); Charles Peter Weeks (architect)

Dates: constructed 1923

12 stories

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1075 California Street
Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 94108

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The Huntington Hotel was located on the corner of California and Taylor Streets.

Overview

Located across the street from Central Pacific Railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington’s Nob Hill mansion, the $2 million Huntington Apartments opened originally as a residential hotel, later becoming in 1924 a more conventional, short-stay hotel.

Building History

The builders of this apartment building/hotel named it for Collis P. Huntington (1821-1900), one of the "Big Four" investors in the transcontinental Central Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads. Huntington built his Nob Holl residence across the street from this large block. The San Francisco architectural firm of Weeks and Day developed its design.

A note in the Stockton Daily Independent noted the Huntington Apartment's construction in 09/1923: "“San Francisco—12-story Huntington apartment building costing $2,000,000, being erected at California and Taylor streets.” (See "California Industrial Review," Stockton Daily Independent, 09/25/1923, p. 7.)

San Francisco real estate developer Ernest N. Fritz, Jr., (1879-1950) purchased the Huntington Apartments in 1924. His heirs of the Cope Family operated the Huntington Hotel until 2011.

According to the Huntington Hotel's website in 2021: "The twelve-story, Georgian-style brick building features 134 guestrooms and suites. Fritz' grandchildren ran the hotel until selling it for $42 million in 2011 to Singapore-based, hospitality investor, Grace International Private, Ltd. The hotel closed on January 4, 2014 and reopened in May 2014 as The Scarlet Huntington, following a $15 million renovation." (See Huntington Hotel.com, "History," accessed 07/26/2021.)

The Los Angeles investment firm of Woodridge Capital Partners, LLC, bought the hotel from Grace International for $62.3 million on 09/28/2018, and restored the previous name, “Huntington Hotel,” to the building. Michael Rosenfeld was the Chief Executive Officer of Woodbridge and his firm owned four luxury hotels located in the Nob Hill area, including the Stanford Court, Huntington, Fairmont and Mark Hopkins. It sold the latter two by 2018, but was at work renovating the Stanford Court when it bought the Huntington in 09/2018. (See Grace Li, Hotel Online.com, "Woodridge Capital Partners Buys Fourth Historic Hotel Atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill, the Huntington Hotel," published 09/28/2018, accessed 07/26/2021.)

Building Notes

According to the San Francisco Planning Department in 2020, the Huntington Hotel had 136 units. The Huntington Hotel's web site in 2020 indicated that the hotel had 134 guestrooms and suites. (See Huntington Hotel.com, "History," accessed 12/17/2020.)

Alteration

The hotel's interior was renovated in 2014 in an Asian-themed decor.

San Francisco County Assessor Number: 0254024

PCAD id: 23776