Hallidie Building

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Hallidie Building
Hallidie Building.jpg
Location San Francisco, CA
Coordinates 37°47′24.07″N 122°24′12.67″W / 37.7900194°N 122.4035194°W / 37.7900194; -122.4035194Coordinates: 37°47′24.07″N 122°24′12.67″W / 37.7900194°N 122.4035194°W / 37.7900194; -122.4035194
Built 1918
Architect Willis Polk
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 71000185[1]
SFDL # 37
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 19, 1971
Designated SFDL 1971[2]

The Hallidie Building is an office building in the Financial District of San Francisco, California, at 130 Sutter Street, between Montgomery Street and Kearny Street. It was built around 1917-1918 and, though credited as the first American building to feature glass curtain walls,[3] it was in fact predated by Louis Curtiss' Boley Clothing Company building in Kansas City, Missouri, completed in 1909.

The building was designed by architect Willis Polk and is named in honor of San Francisco cable car pioneer Andrew Smith Hallidie. Currently it houses the San Francisco chapters of the American Institute of Architects, AIGA, Center for Architecture + Design, the U.S. Green Building Council - Northern California Chapter, Charles M Salter Associates, Inc, and Coordinated Resources, Inc (CRI).

The Hallidie Building was deemed unsafe by the City of San Francisco's Department of Building Inspection in August 2010.[4] The building's balconies and fire escapes were considered unsafe. A two year restoration of the building was completed in April 2013.[5]


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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2006-03-15. 
  2. ^ "City of San Francisco Designated Landmarks". City of San Francisco. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  3. ^ "Hallidie Building". Great Buildings Collection. Architecture Week. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  4. ^ Kane, Will (2010-11-29). "Look up: Historic Hallidie Building crumbling". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  5. ^ King, John (2013-04-27). "A Return to Glory for the Hallidie Building". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 

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