Riverside Apartments


“Tenderloin Sunrise” (2008)

(343/8) 48–50 Golden Gate Avenue; Riverside Apartments. Apartment building with seventy-eight two- and three-room units. 6B stories; brick structure; stucco and galvanized iron facade, decorative ground level arches with keystones under second level bay windows, theatrical masks between bay windows, richly decorated upper level pilaster order and cornice; three-part vertical composition; Renaissance/Baroque ornamentation; vestibule: decorative arched entry, marble steps and walls, coffered ceiling, decorative iron in door; cove-ceiling lobby with fireplace and stained glass; alterations: security gate. Original owners: Rivers Brothers (Thomas W. and Christopher C.), real estate. Architect: C.A. Meussdorffer. 1917.

Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor Street. Theater and office building. Architect: G. Albert Lansburgh. 1922. (Refer to Part II: Mid-Market.)

Conrad Alfred Meussdorffer, born 25 October 1871, was the son of German immigrants who had settled in San Francisco as pioneers in 1853. Meussdorffer first worked as a draftsman for Salfield and Kohlberg* and after two years was promoted to architect. In 1897, after a two-year partnership with Victor de Prosse, he opened his own business. Over the years, Meussdorffer became known as the architect of choice for luxury apartment buildings in San Francisco, many of which can be found on both Russian and Nob Hills. Of the buildings in the Tenderloin that he designed, the Riverside is the grandest.

*Salfield and Kohlberg later designed the Adrian, Adams (Aarti) and La Rell (Ambika) hotels, and the Hetty (Shirley) and Klimm apartments in the Tenderloin.

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