One Bush Plaza

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One Bush Plaza
The Crown-Zellerbach Building (left) standing alongside the Shell Building from Market Street
Alternative names Crown-Zellerbach Building
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 1 Bush Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′27″N 122°24′00″W / 37.790833°N 122.4°W / 37.790833; -122.4Coordinates: 37°47′27″N 122°24′00″W / 37.790833°N 122.4°W / 37.790833; -122.4
Completed 1959
Owner Tishman Speyer
Roof 94 m (308 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 20
Floor area 439,000 sq ft (40,800 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Hertzka & Knowles
Structural engineer H.J. Brunnier Associates
Designated 1987[1]
Reference no. 183

One Bush Plaza also known as the Crown-Zellerbach Building is an office building on Bush Street and Battery Street at Market Street in the Financial District of San Francisco, California. The 20-story, 94 m (308 ft) building was completed in 1959.


The building was once the headquarters of the Crown-Zellerbach, a Fortune 500 forestry and paper products conglomerate acquired in 1986 by the James River Company, which in turn became a part of Georgia-Pacific in 2000. Later it was the headquarters of Hambrecht & Quist. The building was the first significant downtown San Francisco structure erected in the 30 years following the start of the Great Depression, and as such was the first International Style building in San Francisco and one of the first International Style buildings in the United States, being completed shortly after the Lever House and Seagram Building. It was not however the first building in San Francisco to feature a glass curtain wall, that designation belongs to the Hallidie Building,[5] two blocks to the west.

It is controversial due to the decision for the building to face Bush St. instead of Market St., Market St. being in decline during the time it was built. It is notable for taking up an entire city block and being freestanding. It is directly facing the Shell Building, an iconic Art Deco skyscraper in San Francisco.

The architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed the building.


  • 1959 Administrative Management Magazine – Office of the Year Award: Award of Merit
  • 1960 American Institute of Steel Construction – Award of Excellence
  • 1961 American Institute of Architects – Award of Merit
  • 1997 American Institute of Architects - California Council 25 Year Award

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "City of San Francisco Designated Landmarks". City of San Francisco. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  2. ^ One Bush Plaza at Emporis
  3. ^ One Bush Plaza at SkyscraperPage
  4. ^ One Bush Plaza at Structurae
  5. ^ "Hallidie Building". Great Buildings Collection. Architecture Week. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 

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