Mills Building and Tower

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Mills Building
Mills Building (San Francisco).jpg
Alternative names Mills Building and Tower
220 Bush Street
220 Montgomery Street
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 220 Bush Street
220 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′29″N 122°24′05″W / 37.79127°N 122.40129°W / 37.79127; -122.40129Coordinates: 37°47′29″N 122°24′05″W / 37.79127°N 122.40129°W / 37.79127; -122.40129
Completed 1892, 1931
Owner The Swig Company
Management The Swig Company
Roof 46.94 m (154.0 ft)
92 m (302 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 10 / 22
Design and construction
Architect Burnham & Root
D.H. Burnham & Company
Willis Polk
George W. Kelham
Lewis Parsons Hobart
Mills Building and Tower
Architectural style Chicago school
NRHP Reference # 77000334
SFDL # 76
Significant dates
Designated  1977
Designated SFDL 1975[1]

The Mills Building and Tower is a two-building complex following the Chicago school with Romanesque design elements in the Financial District of San Francisco, California. The structures were declared San Francisco Designated Landmark #76,[6] and were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[5][7]


The original 10-story, 47 m (154 ft) structure was designed by Burnham and Root/D.H. Burnham & Company completed 1892; and after surviving the 1906 earthquake, was restored by Willis Polk in 1908, who oversaw subsequent additions in 1914 and 1918.[8] Named for early San Francisco financial tycoon, Darius Ogden Mills, it is regarded as the city's second skyscraper, after the Chronicle Building (1890).[9]

Completed in 1931 at 220 Bush Street, Mills Tower is a 22-story, 92 m (302 ft) annex designed by George W. Kelham and Lewis Parsons Hobart.

The Mills Building is home to several major financial firms, including SeatMe, Pocket Gems, New York Stock Exchange, and Newedge.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "City of San Francisco Designated Landmarks". City of San Francisco. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  2. ^ Mills Building at Emporis
  3. ^ Mills Tower at Emporis
  4. ^ "Mills Building". SkyscraperPage. 
  5. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Mills Building and Mills Tower". Noehill. 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Mills Building and Mills Tower: National Register #77000334". Noehill. 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Robert Mix (2 September 2005). "Willis Polk in San Francisco (1907-1913)". Vernacular Language North. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  9. ^ Susan Dinkelspiel Cerny (January 2007). An Architectural Guidebook to San Francisco and the Bay Area. Gibbs Smith. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-58685-432-4. 
  10. ^ "The Mills Building - Current Tenants". The Swig Company. 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Woodbridge, Sally B. (1992). San Francisco Architecture (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Chronicle Books. p. 27. ISBN 0-87701-897-9. 

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