The New City Hall, San Francisco, California, 1915

Processed by Chris McDonald.
The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
1997

The New City Hall, San Francisco, California, 1915

BANC PIC 1905.12274 -- ALB

The Bancroft Library



University of California

Berkeley, California 1997
Finding aid and digital representations of archival materials funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
    Processed and encoded by:
    California Heritage Digital Image Access Project staff in The Bancroft Library and the The Library's Electronic Text Unit
    Digital images processed by:
    The Library Photographic Service
    Finding aid completed:
    November 1996
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California

Collection Summary

Collection Title: The New City Hall, San Francisco, California,
Date: 1915
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1905.12274 -- ALB
Extent: 1 album (62 photographic prints: b & w); 20 x 27 cm. 62 digital objects
Photographer: John Channing
Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection stored off-site. Advance notice required for use.

Publication Rights

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Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], The New City Hall, San Francisco, California, BANC PIC 1905.12274 --ALB, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Digital Representations Available

Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The New City Hall, San Francisco, California album was purchased in 1957.

Scope and Content

The New City Hall, San Francisco, California album contains 62 photographic prints taken in 1915 by John Channing. The album features the newly-constructed San Francisco City Hall, built to replace the previous structure which was destroyed in the earthquake and fire of 1906. Designed by architects John Bakewell, Jr. and Arthur Brown, Jr. (of Bakewell and Brown), and begun in 1913, the nearly complete City Hall as shown in the album was fully occupied by city officials in 1916. The album affords a comprehensive survey of both exterior and interior features of the building. Views include the west and east facades, several doorways, the dome, the rotunda, the grand staircase, officials' chambers, galleries, windows, and various sculptural and other architectural details. Also pictured in several views is the Civic Center Plaza, situated to the east of City Hall. One print (No. 10) includes what is likely a portion of the Exposition Auditorium, also then under construction as part of the greater Civic Center.
The album prints are stamped and embossed with the name and logo of Channing, and are bound in the album by a cloth backing. The front cover of the album bears the title, "The New City Hall, San Francisco, California."

Container Listing

 

:1 [West facade.]

 

:2 [West facade.]

 

:3 [East facade and Civic Center Plaza.]

 

:4 [Pediment and colonnade, west facade.]

 

:5 [Doorway from interior. East entrance.]

 

:6 [Rotunda from upper landing of grand staircase, showng clock, arches, upper gallery, and dome.]

 

:7 [Arched window and galleries.]

 

:8 [East facade and Civic Center Plaza.]

 

:9 [East facade and Civic Center Plaza.]

 

:10 [City Hall and Civic Center Plaza, from southeast.]

 

:11 [Colonnade and windows, exterior of dome.]

 

:12 [Stairwell and gallery.]

 

:13 [Vestibule, showing elevators, galleries, and entrance to Board of Supervisors' chambers.]

 

:14 [Rotunda sculptural figures.]

 

:15 [City Hall and Civic Center Plaza, from southeast.]

 

:16 [Interior of dome, upper gallery, medallions, and arches.]

 

:17 [Rotunda, showing grand staircase, galleries, arches, and interior of dome.]

 

:18 [Elevators.]

 

:19 [Gallery.]

 

:20 [Vestibule to Mayor's office, looking toward rotunda.]

 

:21 [Rotunda, grand staircase, galleries, and arched windows.]

 

:22 [City Hall and Civic Center Plaza, from northeast.]

 

:23 [Interior, Board of Supervisors' chambers.]

 

:24 [Entrance to Board of Supervisors' chambers.]

 

:25 [Gallery, with sculpted arch.]

 

:26 [East facade and Civic Center Plaza.]

 

:27 [Vestibule colonnade, inside west entrance.]

 

:28 [Colonnade. South facade?]

 

:29 [East facade and Civic Center Plaza.]

 

:30 [Railing and lower steps, grand staircase, rotunda.]

 

:31 [Arched windows and gallery.]

 

:32 [Pediment and colonnade. East facade?]

 

:33 [Rotunda, showing grand staircase and arches.]

 

:34 [Gallery arch.]

 

:35 [Rotunda, showing clock and sculptural decoration. Entrance to Mayor's office in distance.]

 

:36 [East facade and Civic Center Plaza.]

 

:37 [East facade and Civic Center Plaza.]

 

:38 [Rotunda, showing grand staircase and arches.]

 

:39 [Gallery, with columns and light standard.]

 

:40 [West facade.]

 

:41 [East facade.]

 

:42 [Gallery.]

 

:43 [Rotunda, showing upper landing of grand staircase and sculptural figures. Entrance to Board of Supervisors' chambers in distance.]

 

:44 [Pediment, west facade.]

 

:45 [Gallery, with arched window.]

 

:46 [Gallery, with light standard. Looking into vestibule to Board of Supervisors' chambers.]

 

:47 [East facade and Civic Center Plaza.]

 

:48 [Pendentive medallion, rotunda.]

 

:49 [Colonnade. East facade?]

 

:50 [Colonnade, east facade.]

 

:51 [Vestibule colonnade, outside office of Recorder.]

 

:52 [East facade and Civic Center Plaza.]

 

:53 [Sculpture above entrance to Board of Supervisors' chambers.]

 

:54 [Rotunda, showing clock and sculptural decoration.]

 

:55 [City Hall from southeast.]

 

:56 [East facade and Civic Center Plaza.]

 

:57 [Doorway with sculptural figures, west facade.]

 

:58 [Skylight and gallery.]

 

:59 [Sculptural figures, rotunda.]

 

:60 [Dome.]

 

:61 [Gallery, with arches.]

 

:62 [Doorway, east facade.]