HEARST BUILDING SAN FRANCISCO

The Hearst Building (as in William Randolph, American publisher of note) in San Francisco was built in 1910 and remodeled in 1937. The remodel was designed by Julia Morgan who also designed Heart’s “castle” San Simeon. I stopped by recently to look at the bronze grillwork above the entrance. In a repeating square grid, there’s a pattern of antelope, lions, jaguars and other beasts in foliate bordered rondelles that date to the 1937 renovation.

If you walk through the lobby to a small entrance in the back, there’s a beautiful triangular stair of marble and iron that rises the full height of the building.

-David Calligeros

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