At 80 years old, 450 Sutter looks fabulous

Last week, I went to the dentist at 450 Sutter, Miller & Pflueger's ode to the Maya.  While I was there, the pleasant security guards (among the nicest in San Francisco) were changing the notices in the elevator, where management updates tenants about the building's ongoing restoration project.  The guard let me keep last week's notice. In its place was a reminder that… Continue reading At 80 years old, 450 Sutter looks fabulous

The disappearing sky room

News of the impending closure of the Carnelian Room, the city's highest sky room atop the Bank of America building, has saddened many San Franciscans and visitors alike. From its perch in the middle of the Financial District, the restaurant is known as a place to celebrate special occasions and for schmoozing VIP business colleagues. The 52nd… Continue reading The disappearing sky room

Rooftop with a view

The new rooftop sculpture garden at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a treat in store for Timothy Pflueger fans. It offers a great view of the rear elevation of the Telephone Building, completed in 1925. That year was  important both in the design world and as a defining moment of the Jazz Age: … Continue reading Rooftop with a view

Shuttered Mission San Miguel reopens

Mission San Miguel at twilight A couple of weeks ago, I visited the Mission San Miguel Arcangel, known as the mission on the highway (it is right off Highway 101), in between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The church has now reopened after suffering serious damage in the 2003 San Simeon earthquake. It had been closed for nearly… Continue reading Shuttered Mission San Miguel reopens

Come on a Downtown Deco tour!

San Francisco City Guides Downtown Deco Tour on October 18 will explore many skyscrapers in San Francisco's Financial District, including four buildings by architect Tim Pflueger.  Meet at the Telephone Building, 140 New Montgomery, between Mission and Howard streets, at 11:00 am, Sunday, October 18. The tour is over mostly flat terrain and lasts about 90… Continue reading Come on a Downtown Deco tour!