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1908
In Montevideo, Uruguay, the neoclassical Palacio Legislativo was built to house the national legislature.
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1908
The Berkeley, Ca., City Hall was built in a Beaux Arts style. In 1977 a new City Hall was completed. In 2002 voters rejected a bond to fix it and in 2007 it faced $35 million in renovation and retrofit costs.
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1908
In SF the Humboldt Bank building at 785 Market St. was completed. The 19-story building featured a Beaux-Arts style and dome by the Meyer & O’Brien architectural firm.
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1908
In San Francisco the 3-story First Chinese Baptist Church was built at 15 Waverly Place. It was designed by G.E. Burlingame and incorporated clincker bricks giving the structure a medieval air.
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1908
In San Francisco the 6-story Maskey Building, designed by Haves and Toepke, was completed. In 1983 it was demolished, but 4 of the façade’s 6 bays were restored as the front of a 6-story wing of an office tower at 48 Kearny St.
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1908
In San Francisco the 3-story building at 556 Commercial St. was completed. It was designed by Charles M. Rousseau.
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1908
In San Francisco the classical-style building at 1 Montgomery St., designed by Willis Polk, was built. The 10 floors of offices above the base were removed in 1983 as part of a development trade-off that allowed a 38-story tower to rise to the west.
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1908
In San Francisco a 7-story building draped in terra cotta was built at 20 California St. It was designed by C.A. Meusdorrfer.
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1908
In SF the triangular, 11-story Phelan building, designed by William Curlett, was built at 760-784 Market St.
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1908
In San Francisco the Alaska Commercial Building opened at 350 California St. The site was cleared in 1975 to make way for a modern 22-story tower. Tusked walruses from the original building were salvaged and placed on a structural wall in a small court.
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1909
The Hearst Building in SF was constructed at Market and Third. It was remodeled in 1937 by Julia Morgan.
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1909
The 1,300-seat Columbia Theater was constructed in SF and named after a major venue destroyed by the 1906 earthquake. It was designed by Walter Bliss and William Faville, who also designed the St. Francis Hotel. In 1928 it was renamed the Geary Theater. It was badly damaged in the 1989 earthquake. It opened in 1910 with “Father and the Boys.”
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1909
In San Francisco the 4-story Hugo building was built at 200 Sixth St. It was designed by Theo W. Lenzen. In 1988 the residential hotel went empty. In 1997 Brian Goggin installed his “Defenstration” artwork featuring furniture apparently tumbling from the building’s windows. In 2009 San Francisco used eminent domain to acquire the property and planned demolition for new low-income housing.
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1909
In San Francisco a 6-story department store, designed by George A. Applegarth, was built at 1019 Market St. The Greek revival structure was framed by Corinthian columns.
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1909
In San Francisco the Renaissance revival-style Addison Head Building was built at 201 Post. It was designed by William Curlett.
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1910 Nov 27
In NYC the Pennsylvania Railroad began service at Pennsylvania Station. It was begun under the direction of PRR president Alexander J. Cassatt (d.1906) and designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White. In 2007 Jill Jonnes authored “Conquering Gotham: A Gilded Age Epic: The Construction of Penn Station and its Tunnels.” Penn Station was demolished in 1963.
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1911 May 15
Max Frisch (d.1991), Swiss architect and writer, was born.
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1911
In SF the Perine Mansion, designed by Conrad Meussdorffer, was built at 535 Powell St. It later became the home of Tessie Wall (d.1922), a SF madam.
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1911
In Stockholm, Sweden, construction began on a new city hall. The design was a mix of Italian Renaissance, Moorish and Byzantine style and was completed in 1923.
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1911
In SF the First St. John’s United Methodist Church, designed by George Washington Kramer, was constructed at Larkin and Clay. It went empty in 2005 as the church agreed to sell the land to Pacific Polk Properties to build a 27-unit condominium. It failed to attain status as a city landmark and was slated for demolition in 2009.
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1912
In San Francisco the Sharon Building was built by the descendants of William Sharon (1821-1885), a US senator from Nevada, who made his fortune in silver. It was designed by NYC architect George Kelham.
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1912
In San Francisco the Sprechels Mansion was built by sugar tycoon Adolph Sprechels at 2080 Washington St. The 3-story French classical home was designed by George Applegarth.
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1913 Feb 2
The new Grand Central Terminal in NYC opened. It first opened in 1871 and was rebuilt by Cornelius Vanderbilt at 42nd and Park Ave. It was designed by the architectural firms of Reed and Stem and Warren and Wetmore, and was extensively remodeled in 1998.
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1913
In San Francisco the 1910 67,000-square-foot building designed by architect Newton Tharp, was moved brick by brick to 170 Fell St. It was used by the SF Unified School District for administration until the 1989 earthquake.
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1913
In San Francisco the 11-story Flatiron Building, designed by Havens and Toepke, was built at 540 market St.
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1913
In Detroit the Michigan Central Depot railway station opened on Michigan Ave. It was designed by the same architects responsible for NYC’s Grand Central Station. The last train departed from the station in January, 1988, after which the structure was stripped by vandals. In 2009 it continued to stand, under owner Manuel Moroun, a trucking and real estate mogul, even as a dead body was found at the bottom of an elevator shaft.
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1913
In San Francisco the 2-story building at 200 Powell St. was built. The Art Moderne style was designed by Salfield and Kohlberg. It was remodeled in 1933 and 2008.
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1913
In San Francisco the Hotel Senate, aka Crescent Manor, opened at 467 Turk Street. It was designed by architect Charles J. Rousseau.
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1914 Aug 15
Mamah Borthwick Cheney, the mistress of Frank Lloyd Wright, was axed to death along with her 2 children and 4 others by a crazed servant at Wright’s rural Taliesin home. Wright restored the house, which was set aflame in the rampage. The house was ravaged by fire again in 1925 and again restored by Wright.
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1914
In Oakland, Ca., the Cathedral Building at 1615 Broadway and Telegraph was completed. It was designed by Benjamin McDougall.
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1915 Dec 28
San Francisco Mayor James Rolph Jr. dedicated the "new" $3.5 million City Hall. The French Renaissance Revival building, was designed by Arthur Brown Jr.
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1915
In San Francisco the 2-story Agriculture Building at 101 Embarcadero was built. It was designed by A.A. Pyle. It began life as a post office so mail ferries could pull right up.
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1915
The 38-story Equitable Building, located at 120 Broadway in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, was completed. It was designed by Ernest R. Graham.
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1916 Oct 10
Antonio Sant’Elia (b.1888), Italian architect, was killed during the Eighth Battle of the Isonzo. He was a key member of the Futurist movement in architecture.
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1916
In San Francisco a set of 4 linked homes on Russian Hill, designed by Willis Polk, were built at 1-7 Russian Hill Place.
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1917
Willis Polk (1867-1924) designed San Francisco’s 7-story Hallidie Building. It was completed at 130 Sutter St. in 1918 and was the first building in America to feature glass curtain walls.
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1919
Walter Gropius co-founded the Bauhaus in Germany. Two existing schools in Weimar were combined into a single institution. The new school, "the house of building," also combined two important trends in art education: artistic training and arts and crafts. Henry van de Velde was one of the founders. Gropius served as the founding director until 1927.
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1919
In Finland the Helsinki Central Station, designed by Eliel Saarinen, was completed.
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1919
In San Francisco the Robert Dollar Building was built at 311 California St. It was designed by Charles McCall.
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1921 Feb 12
In Delhi, India, the Duke of Connaught laid the foundation stone of the Parliament building, designed by Herbert Baker.
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1921
In San Francisco the Palace Garage was built at 125 Stevenson, an alley across from the Palace Hotel. It was designed by the O’Brien Brothers.
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1922 May 30
The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., by Chief Justice William Howard Taft. The Memorial has 48 sculptured festoons above the columns representing the number of states at the time of dedication. The 36 Doric columns in the Lincoln Memorial represent the number of states in the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death in 1865. The limestone and marble edifice, which is situated at the western end of the Mall, was designed by Henry Bacon of North Carolina in the style of a Greek temple. Daniel Chester French co-designed the memorial with Bacon.
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1922
The Imperial Hotel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opened in Tokyo. It withstood the 1923 earthquake.
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1922
In Montevideo, Uruguay, the 26-story Palacio Salvo hotel, designed by Architect Mario Palanti, became the tallest building in South America.
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1922
In San Francisco the Greek Revival home at 439 Roosevelt Way was built. It was designed by architect John C. Hladick and was at one time own ed by silent movie star Norma Talmadge (1894-1957).
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1922
In San Francisco the 7-storey headquarters of the Spring Valley Water Co. was built its at 425 Mason St. It was designed by Willis Polk.
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1922
In SF the 228-foot Standard Oil Building at 225 Bush was completed in Italian Renaissance style. It was designed by George Kelham, was expanded in 1949 and was sold in 1994 to Pacific Resources Development Inc. In 1999 it became the NBC Internet Building leased by Xoom.com from Ocwen Asset Investment Corp.
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1923
Le Corbusier (1887-1965), Swiss-French architect and writer, authored “Vers une architecture” (Towards a New Architecture) (1923).
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1924
In San Francisco the 3-story Leonard R. Flynn elementary school was built at 3125 Army Street (later Cesar Chavez St.). It was designed by John Galen Howard.
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1924
In San Francisco the Hills Bros. coffee plant, designed by George Kelham, was built at 345 Spear. In 1986 the plant was converted to a block of offices topped by condominiums.
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1924
In San Francisco the Park Lane Apartments, designed by architect Edward E. Young, were built at 1100 Sacramento St. Three stories were added in 1929 making it 11 stories.
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1924
In San Francisco a new 8-storey Federal Reserve building was built at 400 Sansome St. It was designed by George Kelham.
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1925 Dec 20
Edward S. Morse (b.1838), American architect and zoologist, died. Morse had found that covering a masonry wall with a sheet of glass would increase its rate of heat gain and reduce that rate of heat loss. In the 1960s Felix Trombe improved on the idea, which became named the Trombe wall. In 1886 Morse had published “Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings,” the first Western treatise on Japanese residential architecture of the Meiji period (1615-1868).
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1925
The golden dome of the Askariya shrine in Samarra, Iraq, was completed.
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1925
Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus fled Weimar, Germany, for Dessau after conservative city officials halted financing.
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1926 Jun 10
Antoni Gaudi (b.1852), eccentric architect, died. His work included the Sagrada Familia Church with its Torre del Nacimento (Tower of Birth) in Barcelona. His work on the church began in 1883 and continued to his final days.
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1926
In Woodside, Ca., Architect George Washington Smith built a 17,000 square-foot Spanish Colonial Revival home for copper baron Daniel C. Jackling. In 1984 Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, bought the property. In 2004 Jobs was granted the right to tear the structure down if nobody agrees to move it within a year. In 2007 the state Supreme Court refused to let Jobs demolish the 30-room mansion.
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1926
In SF the 12-floor apartment building at 2500 Steiner St., designed by Conrad Alfred Meussdorffer, was erected at a cost of some $500,000.
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1926
In San Francisco Mayor Rolph dedicated the new $2 million Relief Home on the site of the old facility. The main building at Laguna Honda was constructed. It was designed by architect John Reid Jr., brother-in-law of SF Mayor James Rolph. The new hospital was named the Laguna Honda Home in place of the former Almshouse.
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1926
In SF the 25-story Hunter-Dulin building at 111 Sutter St., designed by NY architects Schultze and Weaver, was built on the old site of the Lick Hotel. It was the only Chateauesque/Romanesque design in the city. Fiction detective Sam Spade had his office on the 6th floor.
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