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“Portico, Central YMCA” (2007)

(345/4) 200–222 Golden Gate Avenue; Y.M.C.A., Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA (2002). Athletic facilities, offices, classrooms, auditorium, and hotel with 207 rooms and fifty-five baths. 8B stories; steel frame structure with brick walls; granite and terra cotta trim, rusticated base with bronze sconces, galvanized iron cornice; two-part vertical composition; Renaissance/Baroque ornamentation; vestibule: Ionic pedimented portico in terra cotta with bronze arched window; alterations: doorway, entry pediment, many aluminum windows, painted terra cotta, lobby remodeled. Architects: McDougall Brothers. 1909.

After the Mason Street Y.M.C.A. was destroyed in the 1906 fire, funds raised in the east financed its replacement on Golden Gate Avenue. The building’s portico, granite and terra cotta trim, and enormous bronze arched window make it one of the more impressive structures in the lower Tenderloin. Purchased by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation in 2007, the building is currently being renovated for conversion to health care facilities and low-cost housing. The Central YMCA has temporarily relocated to 387 Golden Gate Avenue.

YMCA, Mason & Ellis, 1906
Source: San Francisco History Center, S.F. Public Library

Y.M.C.A. at Mason and Ellis, 1906.


“Central YMCA” (2007)

Mason Street YMCA, 1906
Source: San Francisco History Center, S.F. Public Library

Entrance to Mason Street Y.M.C.A., 1906. “The damnedest finest ruins.”


Postcard, circa 1909.


Postcard, circa 1920.

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