The mystery of the Gilded Age architect and his artist brother

Albert Pissis was one of San Francisco's most respected architects from the Gilded Age to the post-fire building boom. To me, he is also one of the era's more quietly fascinating figures in local architecture, described after his death as having been a man of "dominating will power," "naturally reserved," but frank in expressing his opinion, even to "the… Continue reading The mystery of the Gilded Age architect and his artist brother

Hibernia Bank dome graffiti-free again!

The owners of the once-stately Hibernia Bank building in the heart of the Tenderloin were dismayed to see the granite base of the dome defaced with a massive graffiti tag just a few months ago. See a photo of the big tag here. But the new owners, who, like the bank's original founders, hale from the old… Continue reading Hibernia Bank dome graffiti-free again!