Russ Building, 235 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94104
|Alternative names||The Skyscraper|
|Preceded by||Pacific Telephone Building|
|Surpassed by||Hartford Building|
|Location||235 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, California
|Owner||The Swig Company|
|Antenna spire||132.6 m (435 ft)|
|Roof||127.4 m (418 ft)|
|Floor area||500,000 sq ft (46,000 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||George W. Kelham|
|Structural engineer||H.J. Brunnier Associates|
|Main contractor||Dinwiddie Construction|
The Russ Building is a Neo-Gothic office tower located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California. The 133-metre (436 ft) building was completed in 1927 and had 32 floors as well as the city's first indoor parking garage. It was the tallest building in San Francisco from 1927 to 1964 and one of the most prominent, along with its 133-metre (436 ft) "twin", the PacBell Building to the south.
Upon completion, the building was iconic enough that Architect and Engineer wrote, “In nearly every large city there is one building that because of its size, beauty of architectural design and character of its use and occupancy, has come to typify the city itself ... Today the Russ Building takes this place in San Francisco. By its size and location and by the character of its tenants the building becomes indeed—'The Center of Western Progress'.”
However, Manhattanization from 1960 to 1990 has shrouded the tower in a shell of skyscrapers, removing the tower's prominence.
The San Francisco Chronicle's architecture critic John King described the Russ Building as "the embodiment of Jazz Age romance, a full block of ornate Gothic-flavored masonry that ascends in jagged stages from Montgomery Street with a leap and then a scramble to a central crown". The tower is a California Historical Landmark.
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- King, John (2015). Cityscapes 2: Reading the Architecture of San Francisco. Heyday. ISBN 9781597143141.
- Russ Building at Emporis
- Russ Building at SkyscraperPage
- Russ Building at Structurae
- Corbett, Michael R (1979). Splendid survivors: San Francisco's downtown architectural heritage. San Francisco: California Living Books. ISBN 978-0-89395-031-6.
- Woodbridge, Sally B. (1992). San Francisco Architecture (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Chronicle Books. p. 27. ISBN 0-87701-897-9.