“Incandescent” (2006)

(317/7) 450 O’Farrell Street; Fifth Church of Christ Scientist. 2B stories; steel and reinforced concrete structure; stucco facade, Greek Tuscan order with decorative panels, vents with clathery, cornice, stained glass side windows; temple composition; Greek classical ornamentation; vestibule: marble steps, bronze doors with decorative friezes and clathery; signs: “Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist” at each end, marble cornerstone with “1923”. Alterations: chain link fence across front. Architect: Carl Werner. 1923.

(317/9) 474-480 O’Farrell Street; stores. 1 story; brick structure; stucco facade; one-part commercial composition; storefronts: tile bulkheads, display windows, transoms. Alterations: security gates, cornice removed, paint, minor alterations to storefronts. Original owner: Proctor Realty Company. Architect: Charles Peter Weeks. 1913.

(317/10A) 500-524 Jones Street; Hotel Proctor (1907), Miles Hotel (1909), Sequoia Hotel (1923), Pacific Bay Inn (1984). Mid-priced hotel with eighty-nine rooms and forty-two baths. 7B stories; brick structure; five-story pavilions with brick quoins and galvanized iron pediments, galvanized iron cornice, rusticated base; three-part vertical composition; Renaissance/Baroque ornamentation; vestibule: decorative entry frame with remodeled vestibule; lobby: iron stair railing; neon blade sign at corner: “Hotel Pacific Bay Inn”. Alterations: storefronts, entry vestibule. Original owner: John W. Proctor, real estate. Architects: Welsh and Carey. 1907.

(318/7) 502-530 O’Farrell Street; Hotel Shawmut, Marymount Hotel (1913); Coast Hotel (2007). Stores and mid-priced hotel with 140 rooms and eighty-three baths. 6B stories; brick structure; terra cotta trim, rusticated second level with decorative brick bands and arches, iron balconies and cornice; three-part vertical composition; Renaissance/Baroque ornamentation; vestibule: bracketed marquee; storefronts: some with decorative iron muntins. Alterations: security grilles, vestibule, corner storefront. Original owner: Mrs. Alice Pease, widow Nelson L. Pease of Central Pacific Railroad. Architect: L.B. Dutton. 1912.

This image exemplifies why I love San Francisco so much. Fiery sunsets set my mind and emotions ablaze, making life’s problems seem mere trifles; elevating me to some higher plane of awareness by making me conscious of what a tiny cog I am in the vast machinery of the Universe.

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