Hotaling Building

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Hotaling Building
Hotaling Building in 2008.
Hotaling Building is located in San Francisco
Hotaling Building
Hotaling Building
Location within San Francisco
Hotaling Building is located in California
Hotaling Building
Hotaling Building
Hotaling Building (California)
Hotaling Building is located in the United States
Hotaling Building
Hotaling Building
Hotaling Building (the United States)
General information
Location451 Jackson Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates37°47′47″N 122°24′10″W / 37.7964°N 122.4028°W / 37.7964; -122.4028Coordinates: 37°47′47″N 122°24′10″W / 37.7964°N 122.4028°W / 37.7964; -122.4028
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The Hotaling Building is a historic building in San Francisco, California. It is located at 451 Jackson Street in Jackson Square. It is a San Francisco Designated Landmark.


It was built in 1866 by Anson Parsons Hotaling to originally be a hotel. However, Hotaling later moved to the whiskey business. It was also one of the few surviving buildings after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, thanks to a mile long fire hose that stretched through Fisherman's Wharf and Telegraph Hill. Because of the saving of the building, Charles K. Field[2] once stated famously, "If, as they say, God spanked the town for being over-frisky, why did He burn His churches down and spare Hotaling's whiskey?"

After the earthquake and fire, the Hotaling business started to decline. However the building was revived in 1952 when Dorothy Kneedler Lawenda and Harry Lawenda of Kneedler-Fauchere purchased it and made it a center for their wholesale interior decorative design elements firm. The name Jackson Square was adopted, many buildings were renovated and the street became the interior design center for San Francisco for decades.


  1. ^ "City of San Francisco Designated Landmarks". City of San Francisco. Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  2. ^ Dion R. Holm (June 1962), "In re San Francisco (6 August 1962): Confessions of a Daring Native Son", American Bar Association Journal, 48: 558, One of our earliest Stanford graduates, Charles K. Field by name, a cynical son of Vermont ancestors, descending from his Olympus of rhetoric, evolved the folllowing...

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