Polk, Willis

Hallidie Building

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Hallidie Building
Location
130 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
United States
37° 47' 24.8532" N, 122° 24' 10.944" W
Identity of Building / Site
Primary classification: Commercial (COM)
Secondary classification:
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History of Building/Site
Original Brief:
Dates: Commission / Completion:Commission 1916(c), completion September 1918(e).
Architectural and other Designer(s): Willis Polk, architect
Others associated with Building/Site:
Significant Alteration(s) with Date(s):
Current Use: Retail at ground floor with offices above.
Current Condition: The glass wall above the ground floor is largely unaltered; the ground level has been extensively remodeled. At the office spaces on some floors partitions have been added inward from the glass.
General Description:
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Evaluation
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General Assessment:
The Hallidie, a steel-frame and masonry loft structure with an iron and glass street facade suspended beyond the supporting pillars, is the first known glass-fronted building. The refined glass wall Willis Polk developed here advanced commercial design to a remarkable degree and clearly set a precedent for the mass-produced, curtain-walled office and residential towers of the 50s and 60s. Sigfried Gideon, in Space, Time and Architecture, makes reference to this building (along with the Bauhaus in Dessau) as demonstrating an intermediate step between the glass exhibition buildings of the late nineteenth century and modern curtain-walled structures.
Documentation
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Authoring
Recorder/Date: DOCOMOMO US Northern California Chapter, February 1997 & June 1998
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