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

Designers: Hirsch, Howard, Interior Designer (firm); Portman, John C. and Associates (firm); Howard Hirsch (interior designer); John Calvin Portman Jr. (architect/developer)

Dates: constructed 1971

1333 Bayshore Highway
Burlingame, CA 94010

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One of the most photographed hotels of the 1970s, this building, like Portman's two previous Hyatt Hotel designs in Atlanta (1967) and Chicago (1971), set the trend for the use of monumental atrium spaces in urban hotels. The San Francisco Hyatt opened in May 1973, in time to host the American Institute of Architects Convention. The adjective "Piranesian" was nearly always used by architects to describe the triangular atrium's 300-foot-long by 170-foot-wide by 170-foot-high dimensions. (See, for example, Michael J. Bednar, Interior Pedestrian Places, [New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1989], p. 113.)

PCAD id: 3413