The building where Stuart Davis built his S&L empire was 425 California ( #1968 ), a 26-story #beast by Sutroid mainstay John Carl Warnecke. (1) 425 was covered in #solarbronze plate glass by @ppgindustries. PPG also made #sunglassses and crafted this delightful #portmanteau to showcase the spectrum of their products. Warnecke also used #andes black #granite exterior columns to complete his #shiny palette (@newsweek, #1968 ). (2) The building’s site had been home from #1863 to #1953 to the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. (now part of @allianz). They originally donated 10% of profits to #firefighters killed in duty—hence the name—and were in this office until #1906 , when the #earthquake and #fire destroyed the building and the firm’s records; they used the honor code for claims, and weathered the extensive #payouts (PC: Eadward Muybridge, Open SF, #1877 ). (3) By #1915 , they had rebuilt into this far more #grandiose and #columned center by Grace Cathedral #architect Lewis Hobart (Architect and Engineer, #1915 ). (4) Another view, framed by the Insurance Exchange Building (Open SF, SCRAP Negatives, #1930s ). (5) The Fund moved to this #cantilevered#modernist gem/office park at 3333 California in Laurel Heights (Edward B. Page, #1953 ), currently in a historic designation battle between SF residents and the Prado Group, who want 558 luxury apartments around the office (@sfchronicle, #1957 ). (6) The fund’s move cleared the way for Davis’ tower. A time capsule was unearthed from the HQ’s #cornerstone before Cahill Construction razed the site. (7) Tishman developed the building, but West Coast head Perry Herst (see earlier Tishman series) deferred in planning to CEO Robert (both @sfchronicle, #1966 ) (8) Tishman had a banner year in #1968 , opening Davis’ #vertical palace while beginning building on the World Trade Center. And embracing Sea Ranchy #supergraphics in the process (@newsweek). (9) The grand opening of what was initially and briefly known as 401 California (10) Post-opening, showing the naming flipflop between Davis’ First Savings #nostalgia and the ever-growing Great Western brand (both @sfchronicle, #1968 ). 425 is now owned by @jll...
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