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History of the City Hall and Civic Center by T.B. McGinnis, 1912-1918
BANC PIC 1995.006 -- ALB  
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:1 San Francisco City Hall. Polk Street Elevation. [Inside front cover. Photographic reproduction of architectural drawing.]

 

:2 [Inscription: "Property of T.B. McGinnis. Clerk's Office Bd. Supervisors, City Hall."]

 

:3 Reading from left to right -- John Bakewell, Jr. -- Arthur Brown Jr., Architects of City Hall -- Percy V. Long, City Atty.

 

:4a Plan of Civic Center, San Francisco. From original drawing made and contemplated before work was commenced. [Clipped from unidentified print source.]

 

:4b [Sketch and notes calculating height of City Hall. By Flamm.]

 

:5 City Hall. From Municipal Reports 1915-16. History compiled by T. [Thomas] B. McGinnis, Asst. Clerk Board of Supervisors and Executive Supt. City Hall. Per Resolution No. 12800 (New Series), Board of Supervisors.

 

:6 Architectural plan of Civic Center, now being carried to completion -- proposed at meeting held January 10th, 1912 at 8 o'clock P.M. in temporary City Hall, Eddy St. [Photographic reproduction of architectural drawing.]

 

:7 Interior City Hall. Rotunda. [From San Francisco Municipal Reports, 1915-16?]

 

:8 Excavating site for City Hall, April 18, 1913 (looking West from Polk St.). Ground breaking day was held April 5, 1913 at 3 o'clock P.M. 1435.

 

:9 History as follows compiled by Thos. [Thomasi] B. McGinnis, Asst. Clerk, Board of Supervisors and Executive Superintendent of the City Hall -- printed in Municipal Reports, 1915-16. [First page (page 977) of 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History.”]

 

:10 Assorted steel for frame erection, City Hall. October 22nd, 1913. (Looking Southeast from McAllister St. and Van Ness Ave.) 1649.

 

:11 [Page 978 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:12 Commencing the erection of steel frame, City Hall. (Arrow marks location of corner stone.) Oct. 22nd, 1913. Corner stone laid Oct. 25th, 1913. 1647.

 

:13 [Page 979 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:14 Steel for construction, and concrete retaining walls, City Hall. (Looking southwest from McAllister and Polk Sts.) October 22nd, 1913. 1648.

 

:15 [Page 980 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:16 Progress steel construction City Hall. November 12th, 1913. [ No. 1654?]

 

:17 [Page 981 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:18 Erection steel -- basement and first floor City Hall. December 1st, 1913. (Polk and Grove Sts.) 1656.

 

:19 [Page 982 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:20 Progressive construction -- City Hall -- Dec. 11, 1913. (Polk Street facade at Fulton Street.) 1662.

 

:21 [Page 983 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:22 Progress construction City Hall -- Dec. 11, 1913. (Grove Street elevation.) 1663.

 

:23 [Page 984 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:24 Progressive construction, City Hall. Jan. 6, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. Elevation.) 1688.

 

:25 [Page 985 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:26 Progressive construction, City Hall. Jan. 6, 1914. (Grove Street elevation.)

 

:27 [Page 986 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:28 Progressive construction, City Hall. Jan. 27, 1914. (Unloading 46 ton girders used in dome.) 1712.

 

:29 [Page 987 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:30 Progressive construction, City Hall. Feby. 1, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. elevation.) [No. 1726?]

 

:31 [Page 988 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:32 Progressive construction, City Hall. Feb. 11, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. elevation.) 1745.

 

:33 [Page 989 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:34 Progressive construction, City Hall. March 6, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. and Grove St. elevation.) 1756.

 

:35 [Page 990 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:36 Progressive construction, City Hall. March 20, 1914. (Polk St. elevation -- looking North from Grove St.) 1782.

 

:37 [Page 991 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:38 Progressive construction, City Hall. April 23rd, 1914. (Polk St. elevation north from Grove St.) [No. 1815?]

 

:39 [Page 992 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:40 Progressive construction, City Hall. May 5, 1914. (Polk St. elevation -- Steel frame of Auditorium lower left hand corner.) 1840.

 

:41 [Page 993 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:42 Completion of steel frame, City Hall. May 15, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. elevation.) [No. 1860?]

 

:43 [Page 994 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:44 Outside stone construction. (California White Granite.) May 15th, 1914. 1861.

 

:45 [Page 995 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:46 Progressive stone construction. June 9, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. elevation.) 1873.

 

:47 First meeting of Board of Supervisors held in Chamber of the Board Oct. 9, 1916. Supervisors to assign quarters to respective Depts. by Resolution No. 12550 (N.S.). T.B. McGinnis to act as Executive Custodian by Resolution No. 12800 (N.S.). [Page 996 from 1915-1916 San Francisco Municipal Report, “City Hall and Civic Center History.”]

 

:48 Progressive stone construction, June 9, 1914. (Polk St. elevation.) 1874.

 

:49 [Page 997 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:50 Progressive stone construction. July 3, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. elevation.) 1897.

 

:51 [Page 998 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:52 Progressive stone construction. July 13, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. and Grove St. elevation.) 1899.

 

:53 [Page 999 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:54 Progressive stone construction -- July 30, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. and Grove St. elevation.) 1931.

 

:55a [Page 1000 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:55b [Typewritten description of Echo Organ installed in Civic Center Exposition Auditorium.]

 

:56 Progress stone construction -- July 30, 1914. (Polk and Grove Sts. elevation.) 1932.

 

:57 [Page 1001 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:58 Progressive stone construction -- August 8, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. and Grove St. elevation.) 1943.

 

:59 [Page 1002 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:60 Progressive stone construction -- August 8, 1914. (Polk and Grove Sts. elevation.) 1944.

 

:61 [Page 1003 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:62 Progress stone construction -- August 15, 1914. (Polk Street elevation.) 1949.

 

:63 [Page 1004 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:64 Progressive stone construction -- August 14, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. and Grove St. elevations.) 1950.

 

:65 [Page 1005 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:66 Progressive stone construction -- Sept. 14, 1914. (Polk and Grove Sts. elevation.) 1972.

 

:67 [Page 1006 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:68 Progressive stone construction -- Sept. 14, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. and Grove St. elevation.) 1973.

 

:69 [Page 1007 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:70 Progressive stone construction. October 6, 1914. (Polk and Grove Sts. elevation.) 1997.

 

:71 [Page 1008 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:72 Progressive stone construction. Oct. 6, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. and Grove St. elevation.) 1998.

 

:73 [Page 1009 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:74 Progressive stone construction -- October 28, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. and Grove St. elevation.) 2045.

 

:75 [Page 1010 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:76 Progressive stone construction. Nov. 23, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. and Grove St. elevation.) 2076.

 

:77 [Page 1011 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History." Written note: "N. 13. See Resolution No. 14898 (N.S.). Relating to Architectural plans of State Building."]

 

:78 Progressive stone construction. Nov. 23, 1914. (Polk and Grove Sts. elevation.) 2097.

 

:79 [Page 1012 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:80 Progressive stone construction. December 22nd, 1914. (Van Ness Ave. and Grove St. elevation.) 2155.

 

:81a [Page 1013 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:81b [Clipping of Resolution No. 10054 (New Series) referred to on Report page, 81a.]

 

:82 Progressive stone construction. January 15, 1915. (Van Ness Ave. and Grove St. elevation.) 2201.

 

:83 [Page 1014 from 1915-16 San Francisco Municipal Report, "City Hall and Civic Center History."]

 

:84 Progressive stone construction. January 27th, 1915. (Polk and Grove Sts. elevation.) 2203.

 

:85 Exposition Auditorium. Grove St. -- Larkin to Polk Sts. [From San Francisco Municipal Reports 1915-16?]

 

:86 Progressive stone construction -- Feby. 9, 1915. (Van Ness Ave. and Grove St. elevation.) [No. 2231?]

 

:87 Public Library. [From San Francisco Municipal Reports, 1915-16?]

 

:88 Progressive stone construction. March 1, 1915. (Polk and Grove Sts. elevation.) 2262.

 

:89 [Number not used]

 

:90 Progressive stone construction. March 19, 1915. (Van Ness Ave. and Grove St. elevation.) 2288.

 

:91 [Number not used.]

 

:92 Progressive stone construction. March 26, 1915. (Polk and Grove Sts. elevation -- showing improvements in Civic Center Plaza.) 2310.

 

:93 [Number not used.]

 

:94 Progressive stone construction. May 9, 1915. (Van Ness Ave. and Grove St. elevation.) 2370. [Duplicate of 96. Date?]

 

:95 [Number not used.]

 

:96 Progressive stone construction. May 30, 1915. (Van Ness Ave. and Grove St. elevation.) 2370. [Duplicate of 94. Date?]

 

:97 [Number not used]

 

:98 Progressive stone construction. June 7, 1915. (Polk and Grove St. elevation.) 2427.

 

:99 [Number not used.]

 

:100 Progressive stone construction and temporary work in Civic Center Plaza. June 25, 1915. [Number cut off.]

 

:101 [Number not used]

 

:102 City Hall, Auditorium and Plaza -- July 1, 1915. 2813.

 

:103 [Number not used.]

 

:104 City Hall and Plaza. August, 1915. [No. 2549?]

 

:105 Polk Street entrance and Dome -- City Hall.

 

:106 Civic Center Plaza fronting the City Hall. Polk St. frontage. 3989.

 

:107 (Proposed bronze) Fountains, Civic Center. 3986.

 

:108 City Hall and Plaza. (Photograph by Mr. Channing.)

 

:109 Fountain and statuary, Civic Center Plaza. (Temporary erection.) 3987.

 

:110 Completed City Hall (occupied by Officials March 10, 1916.) Ground area 285' x 408'. Contains 371,317 Sq. ft. working space. 4670.

 

:111 Interior dome ceiling over main rotunda. Showing upper gallery columns and medalions [sic].

 

:112a Steel construction to top of dome. June 30, 1914.

 

:112b Position of four girders weighing 49 tons each, and six 26 ton girders in dome, City Hall. June 30, 1914. 1892.

 

:113a Steel construction around light wells. 1890.

 

:113b Removal of Herald's Business College site required for City Hall. 1632.

 

:114 Steel construction -- Dome, City Hall. June 30, 1914. 1891.

 

:115 Flat cars S.P. Ry. [Southern Pacific Railway] transporting steel girders for City Hall. Size of girders 58'-1 7/8" long x 9'-1/2". Weight 49 tons each. Jany. 6, 1914.

 

:116 Girders 49 tons weight each supporting dome -- City Hall.

 

:117 Hoisting and setting 49 ton girder, City Hall. [Number cut off.]

 

:118 Re-enforced concrete flooring. City Hall. March 23rd, 1914. Looking through to Van Ness Ave. 1792.

 

:119 Stone installed for sculpture work. Van Ness Ave. frontage over main entrance. 1945.

 

:120 Sculptor Grenier and model of pediment over (exterior) facade. City Hall. 1816.

 

:121 Model of figures for fountains. Civic Center Plaza. (Mr. Grenier, sculptor.) 2043.

 

:122 Model of fountain, Civic Center Plaza. 1942.

 

Models -- Statuary for Civic Center Plaza.

 

:124 Leading into rotunda from Polk St. entrance.

 

:125 Grand staircase, rotunda. City Hall. 3553.

 

:126 Boy Scouts at attention -- staircase, rotunda, City Hall. (Victory Garden day, April 1st, 1918.)

 

:127 Rotunda entrance from Polk Street. 3552.

 

:128 Upper landing, stairs from rotunda. 3655.

 

:129 Detail -- staircase and gallery railing around rotunda. 3561.

 

:130 Galleries surrounding rotunda -- City Hall.

 

:131 Fourth floor gallery and ceiling arches.

 

:132 Light standards, rotunda -- City Hall. (4 in all.) Brass and bronze. 1500 [dollars?] each. 3678.

 

:133 Vestibule and columns. Van Ness Ave. entrance to rotunda.

 

:134 Interior chambers Board of Supervisors (carved oak). 3558.

 

:135 Stone carvings at entrance to Supervisors Chambers.

 

:136 Laying corner stone, City Hall. Oct. 25th, 1913. 10 o'clock a.m. (Supervisor Geo. Galligher [George Gallagher] addressing assemblage.)

 

:137 Mayor Rolph placing first trowel of mortar, cornerstone, City Hall. (Mayor's son standing by.) Oct. 25, 1913.

 

:138 Mayor Rolph and family at laying [of] corner stone, City Hall. Oct. 25, 1913.

 

:139 City Treasury. $1,000,000 (gold) shown in trays.

 

:140 Erecting steel frame Exposition Auditorium (Civic Center). 1729.

 

:141 Progress steel construction. Auditorium in Civic Center. 15,809,616 lbs. steel in building. 1687.

 

:142 Completion steel frame. Auditorium. (15,809,616 lbs. steel in building.) 1753.

 

:143 Steel frame Auditorium. View north from Market Street. 1746.

 

:144 Steel frame Auditorium. Hayes Street Auditorium. 1814.

 

:145 Erecting granite stone front Auditorium. July 30th, 1914.

 

:146 Progress construction Auditorium. Grove St. front.

 

:147 Auditorium completed. Cost -- Exposition Co. $1,000,000; City for stone, $210,025; Land $700,000. 2261.

 

:148 Exposition Auditorium, from Civic Center Plaza.

 

:149 Interior main hall Auditorium. Seating capacity -- main hall 10,000; six smaller halls 1200 each; four halls 400 each; two committee rooms 50 each. 2180.

 

:150a [Balcony Floor Plan. Photographic reproduction of architectural drawing for Civic Center Exposition Auditorium.]

 

:150b [First Floor Plan. Photographic reproduction of architectural drawing for Civic Center Exposition Auditorium.]

 

:151 Main Public Library building in Civic Center.

 

:152 Market Street Approach, Civic Center. (Detailed on proposed future appearance.) [Photographic reproduction of architectural drawing.]

 

:153 Market Street Approach. (Detailed on proposed future appearance.) [Photographic reproduction of architectural drawing for Civic Center.]

 

:154 Corner Main Approach Civic Center. Detailed on proposed future appearance. [Photographic reproduction of architectural drawing.]

 

:155a Proposed Fountain for Civic Center San Francisco Cal. [Photographic reproduction of architectural drawing.]

 

:155b School named originally Newton J. Thorpe, [after] its architect. Name afterward changed to High School of Commerce. 1434. Constructed of steel, brick and concrete. Moving Commercial School from Grove St. bet. Polk and Larkin Sts. to Fell and Franklin Sts.

 

:156 Ground breaking City Hall site. (Mayor and Board of Supervisors.) April 5, 1913.

 

:157 Supervisor Paul Bancroft, Charman [sic] Public Buildings Committee presenting Mayor Rolph with a Silver Shovel at ground breaking exercises. City hall site. April 5, 1913, at 3 o'clock p.m.

 

:158 Mayor Rolph, raising first shovel of dirt from site of City Hall on silver shovel presented by Board of Supervisors. April 5th, 1913.

 

:159 School children singing at ceremonies, earth breaking in site for City Hall. Stand erected along Van Ness Ave. opposite Fulton St. April 5, 1913.

 

:160 Address by Mayor Jas. [i.e. James] Rolph, Jr., laying corner stone, City Hall. Oct. 25th, 1913.

 

:161 Address -- Percy V. Long, City Attorney, laying corner stone, City Hall. Oct. 25th, 1913.

 

:162 Supervisor Geo. [i.e. George] Gallagher. Reading list of articles deposited in corner stone City Hall. Oct. 25, 1913. Placed in box by Supervisor Bancroft (Chairman Public Buildings Committee).

 

:163a Mayor Rolph addressing assemblage laying corner stone, City Hall. Oct. 25, 1913.

 

:163b Glossing and cementing down corner stone, City Hall. Oct. 25, 1913.

 

:164-167 Supplemental. Resolutions and Ordinances passed by Board of Supervisors, relating to City Hall and Civic Center. [Newsprint clippings, each summarily captioned.]

 

:168 [List of offices and departments moved into the new City Hall; notes referring to resolutions regarding City Hall and Civic Center; and clipping of city ordinance regarding City Hall.]

 

:169 [Hand-written notes referring to various resolutions regarding City Hall and Civic Center.]

 

:170 [Clipping from unidentified print source regarding transfer of title of block in San Francisco Civic Center to United States Government.]

 

:171 [Number not used]

 

:172 [Number not used]

 

:173 [Number not used]

 

:174 [Number not used]

 

:175 [Number not used]

 

:176 [2 letters from architects Bakewell and Brown to Bureau of Architecture, San Francisco City Hall, regarding aesthetic significance of various sculptural groups designed for City Hall. From July, 1916.]

 

:177 1915. [Lacking.]

 

:178 [Inside back cover. Architectural drawing of bird's eye of view of Civic Center, San Francisco.]