In 1905, the President and Directors of the Humboldt Savings Bank embarked on plans to build an elegant high-rise tower at 785 Market Street and Fourth Street. They commissioned the architectural partnership of Meyer & O’Brien to design and construct their fabulous new headquarters. Yet not long after work started, nature intervened to halt the ambitious venture. On April 18, 1906, downtown San Francisco was ravaged by a massive earthquake followed by three days of fire.

Despite the devastation, plans to construct the building were not abandoned ~ in fact, a still more lavish structure was planned. And, within a year, the steel frame of the new Humboldt Bank rose against the empty San Francisco skyline.
In 1908, the Humboldt Saving Bank at last settled in to its new offices and became a significant force in refinancing and rebuilding the new San Francisco that was to rise out of the ashes. The Humboldt Bank Building was praised by one and all as an architectural masterpiece. Magnificent details on granite, a marble and tile, over reinforced concrete and steel created a visual wonder, topped by a joyous wedding cake dome.

Into the Present

Today the Humboldt Bank Building takes its place in San Francisco’s future, with major renovations further enhancing the already stunning architecture. Inside, the elegant lobby provides a classically gracious entrance to your handsome office environments. Hand-cut marble and stone complement the fine vaulted entrance. Elevators have been fitted with brass fixtures and fine woodwork.

A welcome contrast to other impersonal modern structures, typical office space throughout the 19–story building is a spacious yet personal approximately 6,000 +/- square feet. This permits the prestige of full floor leases, as well as ample, operable windows, air and natural light. The dramatic tower office suite provides an extra statement of distinction. This approximately 6,900 +/- square foot area, located on floors 15~18 plus the penthouse, affords sensational panoramic vistas in all directions.

With your offices in this architecturally significant building, you will enjoy convenient access to all of downtown San Francisco. MUNI and BART are right at your front door and easily connect you to the East Bay terminal and The Southern Pacific Depot. Freeway access is just 4 blocks away. Union square, just 2 blocks away, offers a vast selection of hotels, retail shops, and superb restaurants. 

The Humboldt Bank Building offers you the prosperity of both San Francisco’s oldest…and newest business communities~ in a magnificent setting which reflects the City’s finest style.

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