Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - restaurants

Designers: Reid Brothers, Architects (firm); James William Reid (architect); Merritt Jonathan Reid (architect)

Dates: constructed 1908-1909

3 stories

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1090 Point Lobos Avenue
Sea Cliff, San Francisco, CA 94121

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This third, Neoclassical version of the Cliff House Restaurant was built by Adolph Sutro's daughter, Dr. Emma Merritt, during 1908-1909. Under the management of John Tait this version of the Cliff House opened on 07/01/1909.


New owners Leo C. and George K. Whitney redesigned the Cliff House interior in 1937. They also added a new gift store, reputedly the largest in the world.

In 1950, the Neo-Classical Reid Brothers design was modernized and covered in redwood siding, giving the building a contemporary, coffee shop look. Initially stained a dark brown, this wood siding was repainted in a light color later.

PCAD id: 3699