Looking for history on The old Hamilton Hotel on 631 O'Farrell, built in 1929

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Just looking for historical information on the The Hamilton Hotel in San Francisco. What kind of hotel it was, when it was converted, anything newsworth. Built in the 1920's and now condos.

-- gina jackman (gina@navajoco.com), July 29, 2002


The conversion of the Hamilton from hotel/apartments to condos was one of the first conversions is San Francisco-- 1980.

The building is mentioned in "Splendid Survivors."

Good luck in your research.

-- Kurt Iversen (iversenk@aol.com), July 30, 2002.

From what I understand, the Alexander Hamilton was part transient, part long-term hotel. It was built to the most modern standards of the day by and architect named Larson. It was done in a streamlined style but the lobby was very Spanish-Mission. It was a very social place. There were weddings in the ballroom which spilled out into the terrace. Rumor has it that there was a miniature golf course in back. In 1963 the building was converted to condos, but they used the formula for co-ops that was being used in NY at the time. A deposed socialite from back East converted the penthouse into a palace in the sky, but never got to use it. If you want to see the origional photos of the building go to the San Francisco History Room and look for the bound issues of Architects and Engineer magazine, 1930 issues. Very interesting photos but not much text. Do you live in the building? I do, and love it. Regards, Tom

-- Tom Cacciotti (tcatch@aol.com), January 14, 2003.

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