Hilton San Francisco Financial District

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Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton Hotels logo.svg
Hotel chain Hilton Worldwide
General information
Location United States
Address 750 Kearny Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′42″N 122°24′17″W / 37.795108°N 122.404631°W / 37.795108; -122.404631Coordinates: 37°47′42″N 122°24′17″W / 37.795108°N 122.404631°W / 37.795108; -122.404631
Opening 1971 / 2006
Closed 2005
Owner Justice Investors
Management Hilton Hotels
Height 111 m (364 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 32(5 basements for parking, One mezzanine for 3rd Floor)
Design and construction
Architect John Carl Warnecke & Associates
Clement Chen & Associates
Degen & Degen
Developer Hilton Worldwide
Other information
Number of rooms 544
Number of restaurants The Dining Room at Seven Fifty
The Grille at Seven Fifty
Flyte Wine Bar
Parking Self parking: US$45.00 (5 Floors)

Hilton San Francisco Financial District is a 27 story hotel located Chinatown's Portsmouth Square in San Francisco, California at 750 Kearny Street. Formerly the Holiday Inn Chinatown, the hotel re-opened in January 2006 after a US$55 million renovation.

The lobby interior, designed by Gensler, is based on the ancient Chinese aesthetic system of Feng Shui. Water, fire and earth, three of Feng Shui's five elements, greet visitors as they enter the lobby, beginning with a medallion fountain centered in the hotel foyer. Potted orchids line the lobby perimeter and represent earth. A glass-enclosed fireplace marks the entrance to The Grille at Seven Fifty and completes the Feng Shui circle.

The Hotel is within walking distance of the Financial District, North Beach and Chinatown. Onsite attractions and outlets include The Grille at Seven Fifty, Flyte Wine Bar, Tru Spa and the Chinese Culture Center.[3][4]


The landmark site of the Hilton San Francisco Financial District dates back to the mid-19th century. The Jenny Lind Theatre[5] was the original structure, followed by City Hall. In 1900 the San Francisco Hall of Justice was built on this site but it burned in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. The Hall of Justice was rebuilt and re-opened in 1912. That building was on the site until it was demolished in 1968. The hotel was built on the site in 1971. The hotel was completely renovated the reopened in January 2006 as the Hilton San Francisco Financial District.

The television show Ironside (1967–75), starring Raymond Burr, featured many exterior shots of the old SF Police headquarters formerly located on the land now occupied by the hotel. This was supposed to be the site of Ironside's office, the building was actually the old San Francisco Hall of Justice.[6] The old Hall of Justice was demolished in April 1968.[7]

The hotel was originally built as the Holiday Inn Chinatown in 1971. The new hotel had an unusual rooftop swimming pool 37°47′42.7″N 122°24′15.7″W / 37.795194°N 122.404361°W / 37.795194; -122.404361 that is featured in the opening scenes of the first Dirty Harry film (1971).[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hilton San Francisco Financial District at Emporis
  2. ^ "Hilton San Francisco Financial District". SkyscraperPage. 
  3. ^ Hilton website- information on attractions in area
  4. ^ Hilton Corporation website investor relations press release about the hotel
  5. ^ Built by a New York entrepreneur, Tom Maguire. New York Times, May 9, 1897, 'THE OLD TIME MINSTREL: He Has Gone Out of Vogue, but the Public Recollects Him with Pleasure:"...There, handsome Tom Maguire, a typical New York youth, illiterate but brainy and audacious, had built the Jenny Lind Theatre, and was dubbed the "Napoleon" of managers. He had a hall and gambling house in Washington Street, San Francisco."
  6. ^ image of Old Hall of Justice the Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection at the Indiana University Archives / Digital Library Program
  7. ^ Brainy History.com
  8. ^ Mr. SF website information about Dirty Harry and pictures of the former rooftop swimming pool (now closed).

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