Hobart Building

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Hobart Building
2017 Hobart Building 582-92 Market Street closeup.jpg
Hobart Building is located in San Francisco County
Hobart Building
Location within San Francisco County
Hobart Building is located in California
Hobart Building
Hobart Building (California)
Hobart Building is located in the United States
Hobart Building
Hobart Building (the United States)
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location582–592 Market Street,
San Francisco
Coordinates37°47′22″N 122°24′06″W / 37.7894°N 122.4016°W / 37.7894; -122.4016Coordinates: 37°47′22″N 122°24′06″W / 37.7894°N 122.4016°W / 37.7894; -122.4016
Roof285 ft (87 m)
Technical details
Floor count21
Design and construction
ArchitectWillis Polk
Reference no.162

The Hobart Building is an office high rise located at 582–592 Market Street, near Montgomery and 2nd Streets, in the financial district of San Francisco, California. It was completed in 1914 after only eleven months, which led to accusations that it had been constructed with a degree of recklessness.[5] It was at the time the second tallest building in the city, at 21 floors and 87 m (285 ft).[2] It was designed by Willis Polk.

The building was constructed for the Hobart Estate Company on the site of the company's previous offices. The location was reportedly chosen by founder Walter S. Hobart in the 1880s for its prominent location at the head of 2nd Street, originally one of the city's major streets leading to the fashionable Rincon Hill neighborhood.[6] Said to be the favorite commercial building of its designer, Willis Polk,[7] its sculpted terra cotta exterior with Baroque ornamentation and handcrafted brass and Italian marble interior are a noted example of neoclassical architecture.[5]

Its unusual shape was dictated by the site, which is an asymmetric polygon, and since a neighboring structure was torn down in 1967,[8][9] exposing one flank, it is now even more idiosyncratic and striking.[10] The Hobart Building was designated as a landmark by the City of San Francisco in 1983.[11]

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  1. ^ "City of San Francisco Designated Landmarks". City of San Francisco. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  2. ^ a b Hobart Building at Emporis
  3. ^ "Hobart Building". SkyscraperPage.
  4. ^ Hobart Building at Structurae
  5. ^ a b Corbett, Michael R. (1979). Splendid Survivors: San Francisco's Downtown Architectural Heritage. California Living Books. pp. 81. ISBN 978-0-89395-031-6.
  6. ^ The Pacific Coast Architect. Vol. 8 (Nov. 1914). J. A. Drummond. pp. 178–182.
  7. ^ Olmsted, Roger R.; Watkins, Tom H. (1968). Here Today; San Francisco's Architectural Heritage. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. pp. 86. ISBN 0-87701-125-7.
  8. ^ "Hobart Building, 582 Market Street, at Montgomery,". Imagekind. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  9. ^ Bevk, Alex (February 3, 2014). "FiDi's Landmark Hobart Building Celebrates its Centennial". CurbedSF. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  10. ^ Woodbridge, Sally; Woodbridge, John (August 1, 1992). San Francisco Architecture: The Illustrated Guide to Over 1,000 of the Best Buildings, Parks, and Public Artworks in the Bay Area. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. p. 26. ISBN 0-87701-897-9.
  11. ^ "Designating the Hobart Building as a Landmark Persuant to Article 10 of the City Planning Code" (PDF). June 9, 1983. Retrieved February 8, 2014.

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