Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: [unspecified]

12 stories

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161 Ellis Street
Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102

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The Hotel Willard operated at 161 Ellis Street for much of twentieth century. In a country jittery about frequent hotel fires and a city that was ravaged by numerous earthquakes, the hotel's motto was meant to provide security: "Twelve Stories of solid comfort."

Building History

The Hotel Willard operated at 161 Ellis Street in 1932. Rooms cost $1.50 and up at this time. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1932, p. 1735.) William M. Dean was the manager c. 1923.

In the 1950s, Boston Rice Hunt served as manager.


The Hotel Willard was likely demolished to make room for the Ramada Renaissance Hotel, completed by 10/1984.

PCAD id: 24661