- San Francisco, CA
- Site Type:
- Federal Facilities
- New Deal Agencies:
- Public Works Funding, Public Works Administration (PWA)
- Gilbert Stanley Underwood
‘The United States Mint at San Francisco occupies an imposing site on the summit of a rocky hill overlooking Market Street, the main thoroughfare of the city. The southern approach consists of a double flight of winding stone steps to a platform from which a single flight extends to the portal in the wall of the building. There is only one approach for vehicles. The structure is built around a central court and is four stories in height. … The building is fireproof and is constructed of reinforced concrete with the exterior walls faced with granite. The design is simple and practically the only ornament consists of terra-cotta reproductions of United States coins which are inserted in the upper part of each of the piers between the windows. … The project was completed in May 1937 at a cost of $1,072,254.’–Short and Brown, p. 635.
Source notesShort, C. W. (Charles Wilkins) and Stanley-Brown, R. (Rudolph). Public Buildings : a Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration. Washington, D.C. : Public Works Administration : U.S. G.P.O., 1939.
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