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San Francisco Mid-Century Modern Buildings

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Peace Pagoda
San Francisco, CA
former Emporium [gone]
San Francisco, CA
The Peace Pagoda was designed by Yoshio Taniguchi and built in 1968. It was a gift from Osaka, Japan which is San Francisco's sister city. [map]

This former Emporium department store was built in 1951 as part of the Stonestown Mall. The buildings, including this one, were designed by Welton Becket. This building housed a Macy's store from 1996-2018. The pylon sign projection was demolished in 2019. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

American Trust Bank Building
San Francisco, CA
The American Trust Bank Building was built in 1959. It became a Wells Fargo Bank just four months later. It was designed by Hertzka & Knowles and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The roof is precast concrete clad in copper. In the 1980s, the building housed a Sharper Image store. The building now houses E*Trade Financial. [map]

County Fair Building
San Francisco, CA
Downtown Center Parking Garage
San Francisco, CA
The County Fair Building is located in Golden Gate Park. It was built in 1961 as the Hall of Flowers. It was renamed the County Fair Building in the 1980s. [map]

The Downtown Center Parking Garage was designed by George Adrian Applegarth and built in 1953. The sign has Zeon Electrical Production Corp. tags at the bottom of the panels. For more, see this website. [map]

Scottish Rite Masonic Center
San Francisco, CA
The Scottish Rite Masonic Center was designed by Albert F. Roller and built in 1963. The screen reliefs were created by Millard Sheets. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Laurel Motor Inn
San Francisco, CA
The Laurel Motor Inn was built in 1963. It was renovated in 1999 as an upscale hotel. For more, see this website. [map]

California Masonic Memorial Temple
San Francisco, CA
The California Masonic Memorial Temple was designed by Albert Roller and built in 1958. The 48-foot-long window mural inside was created by Emile Norman. The acrylic panels contain natural materials like grass, shells, and earth. The figures represent the history of Masons in California. Now known as "The Masonic", the building is used for concerts, receptions, private dinners, and other events. For more, see this website. [map]

Valente Marini Perata & Co. [gone]
San Francisco, CA
The Valente Marini Perata & Co. funeral company was established in 1888. These signs were installed in 1959. The business closed in 2017. Demolition of the building began in 2021. The small projecting sign and the Parking sign were saved. The larger pole sign, as well as the panels and the letters on the building will probably be demolished. For more, see this website.

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