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.
As always, I had to look up and ogle the magnificent chandelier:
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]:
Incongruously, the façade features tons of floral ornament:
A lovely geometric mosaic floor in the lobby:
But the lobby’s painted ceiling is the real pièce de résistance:
To me, this ornamentation resembles traditional Polish or Russian folk patterns, but maybe it’s inspired by French folk art:
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.