Flood Building

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James C. Flood Building
San Francisco - Flood Building from Hallidie Plaza.jpg
Flood Building from Hallidie Plaza
Alternative names James L. Flood Building
870 Market Street
General information
Type Commercial offices
Retail space
Location 870 Market Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′06″N 122°24′27″W / 37.7849°N 122.4074°W / 37.7849; -122.4074Coordinates: 37°47′06″N 122°24′27″W / 37.7849°N 122.4074°W / 37.7849; -122.4074
Completed 1904
Cost US$1,500,000
Owner The James C. Flood Family Mary E Stebbins Trust
Management Wilson Meany Sullivan
Technical details
Floor count 12
Floor area 293,000 sq ft (27,200 m2)
Lifts/elevators 5
Design and construction
Architect Albert Pissis, Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz
Developer James L. Flood
Designated: 1982[1]
Reference No. 154
References
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The Flood Building is a 12-story highrise in the downtown shopping district of San Francisco, California completed in 1904. Situated on Powell and Market streets, next to the Powell Street cable car turntable, Hallidie Plaza and the Powell Street Bart Station entrance, it is one of the few structures that survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

The building was constructed on the site of Baldwin's Hotel and Theatre that was destroyed by fire in 1898, and later purchased by James L. Flood, son of James Clair Flood (1826-1888) the Comstock Lode millionaire.[3]

Major tenants[edit]

The Southern Pacific Railroad company maintained its headquarters in the building after its earthquake renovations from 1907 until 1917 when it moved to its own building now at One Market Plaza. The F. W. Woolworth Company store located on basement level and first and second floors was the largest in the chain until 1992, when it was downsized, and later closed in 1996. More recent major tenants include the flagship stores for retailers, Gap, Urban Outfitters, and Anthropologie.

The Pinkerton Detective Agency had an office in Room 314 of the building, and employed Dashiell Hammett, an author of hard-boiled detective novels, as an operative.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of San Francisco Designated Landmarks". City of San Francisco. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  2. ^ Flood Building at Emporis
  3. ^ Patricia Yollin (4 July 2003). "Flood of Memories". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Audrey Medina (16 January 2011). "5 places for finding the stuff of film noir". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 

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