Marines’ Memorial Club by Bliss & Faville

Marines' Memorial Club by Bliss & Faville

The Marines’ Memorial Club by Bliss & Faville is located at 609 Sutter St. in San Francisco’s Union Square neighborhood. The 12-story Beaux-Arts-style building was built in 1926 as the Western Women’s Club and was purchased by the Marines’ Memorial Association in 1946.

The Marines’ Memorial originally opened as a private club for veterans of the Marines, although membership is now open to all US servicemen and servicewomen.

Marines' Memorial Club by Bliss & Faville

Marines' Memorial Club by Bliss & Faville

Basically, this is a fancy hotel with a theater, restaurant, bar, and meeting rooms, all exquisitely appointed:

Marines' Memorial Club by Bliss & Faville

Marines' Memorial Club by Bliss & Faville

If it weren’t for the displays of military memorabilia, you might forget that this isn’t just one of San Francisco’s posh hotels:

Marines' Memorial Club by Bliss & Faville

Marines' Memorial Club by Bliss & Faville

I think I spend a good deal of time looking up and ogling chandeliers wherever I go:

Marines' Memorial Club by Bliss & Faville

The lovely view from the Leatherneck Restaurant [whose dress code is California Casual, which apparently permits turtlenecks, knit sweaters, pressed designer jeans, khakis and, surprisingly, dress shorts]:

Marines' Memorial Club by Bliss & Faville

Walter Danforth Bliss and William Baker Faville met at MIT in Cambridge, MA, then worked at McKim, Mead & White in NYC, and formed their partnership in San Francisco in 1898. Their practice dissolved in 1925.

5 thoughts on “Marines’ Memorial Club by Bliss & Faville

  1. “Walter Danforth Bliss and William Baker Faville met at MIT in Cambridge, MA, then worked at McKim, Mead & White in NYC, and formed their partnership in San Francisco in 1898. Their practice dissolved in 1925.”

    Huh? I feel like I missed something, though it is a lovely building.

  2. It’s a gorgeous building! I just wanted to briefly mention that the two architects worked together for a long time, but that their firm is no longer in existence. You can click the “partnership” link if you’d like more information about them and their work.

  3. Pingback: Palace Hotel by Trowbridge & Livingston | Visualingual

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s