"450 Sutter Street" Architecture Tip by leics

Architecture, San Francisco: 25 reviews and 47 photos

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This building caught my eye on my first early-morning walk around SF...it was just a block from my hotel.

It was the sub-Mayan stone decoration I noticed first. I thought it was interesting, but then i saw the information board on the exterior and realised this building was quite important.

450 Sutter was built in 1929 and, at 26 stories, it was the second-highest building in SF at that time. The architect was one Timothy Ludwig Pflueger who, after his death, was described as 'the last of the Big Four architects of the downtown San Francisco skyline'.

The building was named as an SF historical landmark in 1985 and, as was originally intended, it is still home to many medical and dental practitioners.

I liked the exterior decoration but was wowed by the lobby area (open to the public). Still with a Mayan theme, its shiny golden surfaces are intricately decorated and simply amazing ...and also very difficult to photograph, because of all the bright lights and reflective surfaces.

It's well worth having a close look. Sutter Street is one block uphill from Union Square; you'll find 450 between Powell and Stockton Streets.

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  • Written Aug 16, 2013
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