Shell Building (San Francisco)

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Shell Building
Shell Building corner 2021.jpg
In 2021
Shell Building is located in San Francisco
Shell Building
Shell Building
Location within San Francisco
Shell Building is located in California
Shell Building
Shell Building
Shell Building (California)
Shell Building is located in the United States
Shell Building
Shell Building
Shell Building (the United States)
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location100 Bush Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates37°47′29″N 122°24′00″W / 37.7915°N 122.3999°W / 37.7915; -122.3999Coordinates: 37°47′29″N 122°24′00″W / 37.7915°N 122.3999°W / 37.7915; -122.3999
OwnerBrothers International Holdings Corp.
Management100 Bush Corporation Ltd.
Roof115.22 m (378.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count29
Floor area246,000 sq ft (22,900 m2)
Design and construction
Architect(s)George W. Kelham
Heller Manus Architects
Structural engineerH.J. Brunnier Associates
Shell Building, San Francisco - 20th Floor Plan (1930)

The Shell Building is an office tower in the Financial District of San Francisco, California. The 28-story, 115.22 m (378.0 ft), building is located at 100 Bush Street, at Battery Street. It was designed by George W. Kelham and built in 1929, in the architectural style of Gothic Moderne, Moderne and Art Deco.[4]

Shell Oil Company occupied the building until the 1960s. There are castings of shells that decorate the cornice on the upper levels as well as shell designs in the lobby floor and decorative grill at the front of the building.[5][6]

A renovation by Heller Manus Architects won the San Francisco Architectural Heritage Award in 1994.[7]

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  1. ^ "Emporis building ID 118743". Emporis. Archived from the original on October 16, 2015.
  2. ^ "Shell Building". SkyscraperPage.
  3. ^ Shell Building at Structurae
  4. ^ Starr, Kevin; 344 (1996). Endangered Dreams, the Great Depression in San Francisco. Oxford: University Press. Retrieved 2010-01-20. endangered dreams.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ John King (1 February 2009). "Cityscape: the Shell Building". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
  6. ^ Woodbridge, Sally B. (1992). San Francisco Architecture (Second ed.). San Francisco: Chronicle Books. pp. 32. ISBN 0-87701-897-9.
  7. ^ "Shell Building Renovation". Heller Manus Architects. Accessed 25 March 2021.

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