It’s 580 California in front of the BofA Building:
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White Elephant! Get Your White Elephants! For Sale, Now In the Twitterloin – Our HIBERNIA BANK Building is “COMING SOON FOR LEASE?”Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
Oh no no no no no! This thing has been on the market for a while now. So you can’t just say “COMING SOON.”
It’s a nice place to visit, perhaps, inside, but you wouldn’t want to live there, is what I’m saying.
What it is is a symbol of Yet Another Failed “Rebirth” of the Tenderloin.
But go ahead buy it, Area Billionaires. You could use it as your secret lair. (And it won’t kill you the way some other hobbies might.)
C’mon. I dare you. Buy this historic building, and then the sellers (lessors, landlords, agents, realtors, Developers?) will take all their banners down, hurrah!
“Even if these improvements can be made [and oh, they were, to the tune of $18 million or so], one must ask if it is worth the trouble. The building will still be sitting in the middle of the worst of Mid-Market.”
It’s Now Safer to Raise and Lower Flags on Top of City Hall – I Guess – Just Look at This Ugly WalkwayThursday, June 23rd, 2016
First, things were all like this atop City Hall, the highest* classical dome** in the Western*** Hemisphere.
But now they’re like this, with a more prominent walkway up there:
Safety First, I s’pose, consarn it. Really jumps out at you is what I’m saying…
*Yes, higher than the U.S. Capitol Building Back East. By design. Just ever so slightly. On purpose.
**So yes, it’s lower than the Superdome football stadium and whatnot.
***And yes, the Great Countries of Europe have domes what are bigger and older. They were the ones we copied from. Yet still, we have the Biggest Classical Dome in the New World, so we have that going for us…
Eilifint Bhan: Famous HIBERNIA BANK White Elephant Still Milky, Elephantine – “ENTIRE BUILDING FOR LEASE”Monday, May 23rd, 2016
IDK, man. I’m not the designated cheerleader for the Twitterloin, so I’ll not be waving my pom-poms yet for this latest sign of the long-promised “rebirth” of the Tenderloin.
Anyway, it sat empty before and it’s sitting empty now. See?
It would have been a lot better to have had this beast ready to rent back in 2013, you know, due to the hubris. But who will rent this place in 2016?
50 vs. ONE – Or, 1 vs. FIFTY – The Anonymous Buildings of the First Block of California Struggle to Find an IdentityThursday, May 12th, 2016
Here’s John King’s take on the new sculpture / logo at 1 California. You can see it on the right here. But what else can you see – a tacked-on “50” hanging from 50 California:
Practically, these signs make things easier for newcomers to find their way around the canyons of the Financh, ’cause these generic skyscrapers are really generic.
In another universe, 50 California could have used “FIFTY” instead, and 1 California would have used a giant “1” instead, and life would have carried on pretty much the same…
Irish Flags Fail to Drum Up Interest in the Twitterloin’s Hibernia Bank: “Entire Building For Lease, Entire Building For Lease”Thursday, April 28th, 2016
But at least this building isn’t falling apart on the sidewalk anymore. Leave us travel all the way back to aught-nine:
See where some bricks used to be, way up high?
Here’s where some of them landed on the sidewalk of the west side of Jones Street:
Do you ever want worried-looking police captains and firefighting battalion chiefs hanging out in front of your building in front of yellow tape? No, you do not:
It was bird poo what hurt drainage what then caused damage to the building causing pieces to fall – that was the “pigeon theory” back in 2009.
“…Hibernia Bank at 1 Jones Street, completed in 1892, was exceptionally advanced, not only for San Francisco but for the country at large. It appeared a year before the Chicago Columbian Exposition swept the nation with renewed appreciation for classical grandeur and order. With its crisp and dignified detailing, its scholarly composition and white Sierra granite walls, capped with a then-gilded dome, the bank appeared like a manifesto near the incoherent City Hall and the adjacent jumble of brick and wood commercial structures. Architect and Engineer reflected in 1909 that “the (Hibernia Bank) became famous at once and marked an epoch in San Francisco architecture and placed its designer in the forefront of his profession, where he has remained ever since. The building from the first to last shows no sign whatever of immaturity.”
IF YOU CAN READ THIS, YOU’RE TOO CLOSE: An Interesting Rooftop Installation in NoPA, as Seen from Fell and DivisaderoTuesday, February 2nd, 2016
What’s going on up here?
Also, could this room fit a full-sized mattress? What’s the rent?
PK VU, PNTHS, PULMN KI? PERFCT!
A Hobbit Jail Under the Stairs Near Post Street – Not a Good Place To Be When the Next Big One ComesTuesday, December 8th, 2015
Redeveloping the Fillmore was a horrible horrible idea is what I think when I see all the concrete and clay and general decay around Post and Buchanan.
Oh look, a big parking garage – this is the last place you’d want to be in an earthquake, but there’s no money to fix anything, oh well.
And this cubby hole here needs to be locked up, else people would sleep here, of course:
On It Goes…