"Timeless in San Francisco" ~ The commonality shared between these three photographs is the harmonious blend of historic architecture amongst modern skyscrapers. From left to right is The Palace Hotel, the clock tower at the old Ferry Building, and the Hobart Building.
The Palace Hotel was rebuilt from the ground up after the Great Earthquake and Fires of 1906. The luxury hotel covers an entire city block and has been nicknamed the Grand Dame of San Francisco. Many U.S. presidents and other dignitaries have stayed at The Palace. In 1923 President Harding died during his stay there. In the shadows on the right of the photograph sits The Monadnock Building - a 10-story Beaux-art style building completed in 1906. Beyond The Palace sits 33 New Montgomery - a 20-story building completed in 1986. This is one example of many where modern buildings blend harmoniously into this cityscape filled with historic architecture.
Architect Arthur Page Brown's design of the 245 feet tall Brown's Clock Tower was modeled after the 15th century Seville Cathedral's bell tower in Spain. The clock tower sits atop of the Ferry Building and has been serving as a welcoming beacon to the Port of San Francisco since 1898. The skyscraper to the right of the clock tower is 4 Embarcadero Center, a 45-story office building built in 1982. This is one example of many where modern buildings blend harmoniously into this cityscape filled with historic architecture.
Designed by architect Willis Polk, the Hobart Building is a popular historic landmark in San Francisco. The exterior is a prime example of neoclassical architecture and is composed of sculpted terra cotta. The Hobart Building is surrounded by modern skyscrapers, providing one example of many where modern buildings blend harmoniously into this cityscape filled with historic architecture.