Hunter-Dulin Building by Schultze & Weaver

Hunter-Dulin Building by Schultze & Weaver

Designed by NYC-based architecture firm Schultze & Weaver and located at 111 Sutter St. in San Francisco’s Financial District, the Hunter-Dulin Building is a Renaissance Revival office tower that features Romanesque and French Chateau ornamentation.

The building, also known as the California Commercial Wool Building, was completed in 1926 and fully restored in 2001.

Hunter-Dulin Building by Schultze & Weaver

As always, I had to look up and ogle the magnificent chandelier:

Hunter-Dulin Building by Schultze & Weaver

Hunter-Dulin Building by Schultze & Weaver

In the entry stands Mercury, the Roman god of commerce and financial gain [the building was commissioned by the investment firm of Hunter, Dulin & Company]:

Hunter-Dulin Building by Schultze & Weaver

Incongruously, the façade features tons of floral ornament:

Hunter-Dulin Building by Schultze & Weaver

A lovely geometric mosaic floor in the lobby:

Hunter-Dulin Building by Schultze & Weaver

But the lobby’s painted ceiling is the real pièce de résistance:

Hunter-Dulin Building by Schultze & Weaver

To me, this ornamentation resembles traditional Polish or Russian folk patterns, but maybe it’s inspired by French folk art:

Hunter-Dulin Building by Schultze & Weaver

Supposedly Sam Spade, the detective in The Maltese Falcon, had his office in the Hunter-Dulin Building.

Before teaming up with S. Fullerton Weaver, Leonard Schultze worked on Grand Central Terminal in NYC. Schultze & Weaver is probably best known for the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and most of its commissions were on the East Coast.

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