Macbeth Apartments

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“Macbeth” (2007)

(319/23) 765 Geary Street; MacBeth Apartments (1916), Rossmoor Apartments (1937). Apartment building with forty-eight one-, two- and three-room units. 4B stories; brick structure; belt course, window frames; patterned brick facade with painted terra cotta trim, angel-head cornice; three-part vertical composition; Spanish Renaissance ornamentation; vestibule: terra cotta entry, marble steps and walls, cornice molding, wood and glass door with decorative iron; octagonal lobby with pilaster order; signs: marble panel over entry: “Rossmoor”; alterations: security gate. Original owner: McKinnon Company. Architect: Charles Peter Weeks. 1911.

Rebuilt as the Rossmoor following a deadly fire in the mid-30s, the Macbeth was one of the first studio or efficiency apartment buildings in San Francisco, if not the United States. Designed by Charles Peter Weeks, it was an idea whose time had come, reflecting a shift in the housing market from hotels to apartments and proving itself to be ideally suited for Tenderloin apartment dwellers. Also designed by Weeks were the Hotel Aldrich at 439 Jones, stores at 480 O’Farrell, and the Hotel Hacienda (now Vantaggio Suites) at 580 O’Farrell.

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  1. Johnny C-Note

    I made the mistake of getting a room at the Hacienda. There was a strange “vibe”, and a crazy young woman down the hall who stalked me. I had to advise the manager to keep his hands to himself. Some time later I read an article in the paper about parolees living in the Tenderloin. Sure enough, there was a picture of the Hacienda!

    • What year did you stay at the Hacienda? Around 2001, the building was bought by the Vantaggio Corporation and converted to luxury studios for travelers and short-term renters. It’s now called Vantaggio Suites O’Farrell.

  2. bb

    thanks for all your postings guy–always enjoyable. I’ve been in The City for over 35 years, and can’t get enough of its (obscure) history. I’m not quite in the ‘Loin, but am on Pacific Ave, down from the Haas-Lillenthal House and a block away from the Morman church which was once a Spreckles house (thank Jove for rent control…)–I’ve always wanted to find out what was on this property before this building (a total lack of charm built in 1972) was built. Can you help in telling me how to find out info?

    Much appreciated!

    Brian

    • Thanks, Brian. As to finding out what was on the property before the current building, I would suggest you look at old Sanborn Maps for San Francisco (to be found at the SF History Center at the main branch of the public library), as well as property records for the block/lot number for your building, which are kept at City Hall. Be advised, it will take time and patience to uncover what you’re looking for.

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