1930 San Francisco William Taylor Whitcomb hotel map

1930 San Francisco William Taylor Whitcomb hotel map

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Used:An item that has been used previously. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of... Read moreabout the condition
Type of Advertising:brochure
date of Creation:1930

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A map and promotional brochure published by Woods-Drury Co.in 1930

Brochure's main purpose is to extol the merits of two hotels operated by Woods-Drury in San Francisco...The NewWILLIAM TAYLOR HOTEL(now 100 McAllister)...and theHOTEL WHITCOMB,Market Street,still in operation as a historic hotel today

One side of brochure when opened contains aCALIFORNIA HIGHWAY MAP,other side mostly information,directions,pictures and rates of the two hotels

Folded map measures 4" x 9",opens fully to 24" x 9",printed in red and black

In very good condition,couple fold creases a little weak


[edit]Church and hotel

The skyscraper at 100 McAllister began in 1920 with a plan formulated by Reverend Walter John Sherman to merge four of the largest Methodist Episcopal congregations in San Francisco, sell their various churches and properties and combine their assets to build a "superchurch" with a hotel on top of it.[6]From their initial $800,000 they bought property at McAllister and Leavenworth streets and hired the architectural firm of Miller and Pflueger to design the edifice.[7]Timothy L. Pflueger was chosen as the designer. The new hotel, intended to be "dry" (serving no alcoholic beverages) in the "sinful" city,[8]was to be named after William Taylor, a Methodist Episcopal street preacher and missionary who formed the first Methodist church in San Francisco. The large church was named Temple Methodist Episcopal Church, or simply "Temple Methodist".[7]

Beginning in 1925, Pflueger designed a 308 ft (94 m), 28-story, step-back skyscraper made of brick framed with steel, along the lines of his just-completed Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company Building. Its main decorative theme was neo-Gothic, expressed strongly in the three Gothic arches which formed the main street-level entrance for the church.[8]The Great Hall, the large worship area located within the second, third and fourth floors was to seat 1,500 churchgoers and a smaller chapel was designed for 125 more. A grand pipe organ from Skinner Organ Company was installed with four manuals controlling 3,881 pipes.[9]A stained glass window was placed 80 feet above the sanctuary, representing Faith, Love and Hope in three tall, narrow panels.[2]Two assembly halls could be combined to hold 1,100 attendees for theatrical or athletic events. Some 500 guest rooms and 32 tower apartments were intended to bring a sdy flow of visitors and a source of profit to the church. Though never the tallest building in San Francisco, it was to be the tallest hotel on the Pacific Coast for many decades.

In a dispute, the architectural firm of Miller and Pflueger was fired from the project, and was replaced by Lewis P. Hobart.[1]Miller and Pflueger sued for $81,600, alleging that Hobart's design was little changed from Pflueger's original. Three months after the hotel and church opened in January 1930, Miller and Pflueger won $38,000 in a favorable court decision.[1]

Dedication of the church's pipe organ took place August 31, 1930.[9]The combined congregation was very satisfied with their new place of worship.[7]

Eventually costingUS$2.8 million($37 million in current value), the building's completion required several rounds of new financing from its investors in order to overcome unanticipated expenses. Unfortunately for the congregation, the idea of a hotel above a church didn't attract the requisite number of guests and the venture failed to turn a profit.[7]