AKA: Occidental Hotel, City of Paris, Department Store #2, San Francisco, CA

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

Designers: Johnston and Mooser, Architects (firm); Thomas J. Johnston (architect); William Sebastien Mooser (architect)

Dates: constructed 1860-1861

4 stories

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Bush Street and Montgomery Street
Financial District, San Francisco, CA 94104

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In 1869, the Occidental Hotel was located on the southeast corner of Bush and Montgomery Streets.


The San Francisco architectural firm of Johnston and Mooser designed the Occidental Hotel, completed in 1861. It was located on Bush Street, which in the 1860s became the home of two neighboring, high-quality hotels, the Occidental and Cosmopolitan. Philip McShane was its manager in 1869. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1869, p. 482.)

The fashionable Occidental Hotel provided space to accommodate the second City of Paris Dry Goods Store in 1860. This early department store, operated by the Verdier Brothers, became a San Francisco institution, closing finally in 1972. Architect James William Reid (1851-1943) stayed here just before the construction of the Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, CA.


The Occidental Hotel was razed.

PCAD id: 4443