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The Flood Building

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Address: 870 Market St, San Francisco, CA
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It is one of the few structures that survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

My wife and I recently became acquainted with The Flood Building during an architectural tour of San Francisco that we took on a recent visit to this great city. The Flood... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 July 2015
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a notable and old skool building that is marred by being infested by a Gap store at the base. Total sad.

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Great old historic SF building. It survived the 1906 earthquake. In the 70's there was a five and dime store on the first floor. They hired a 'speiler' (an English man who moved from department selling a single item to a crowd using great energy) He was amazing to watch, continued speaking and when someone bought, he would hold the... More 

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San Leandro, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

I love this building. It is one of the few buildings that survived the 1906 earthquake. It has been completely restored and it is just gorgeous, but in a very authentic way. Dashiell Hammett worked in this building and then used it in his detective novels. You can definitely imagine a private eye having an office in this building. But... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015

My wife and I recently became acquainted with The Flood Building during an architectural tour of San Francisco that we took on a recent visit to this great city. The Flood Building is an icon of San Francisco real estate. Built in 1904, it was one of the few large buildings to weather the 1906 earthquake largely in tact, and... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2015

The Flood Building on Market Avenue is known for its history and its use of marble. It was built in 1904 and is one of the few big buildings to survive the Earthquake of 1906. I find the history and architecture both interesting to see. Samuel Dashiell Hammett who was an American author of detective novels and short stories, a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

Nice historical building near the cable car turnaround. The Flood Building was one of the few buildings to survive the 1906 earthquake and subsequent fire in downtown San Francisco (Old St. Mary's Cathedral being another). HISTORY BEFORE 1904 "The Baldwin Hotel & Theater (owned by historical figure "Lucky" Baldwin) occupied the site of today's Flood Building. It was destroyed by... More 

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Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army in the Civil War, this grand square has become the city's premier shopping and entertainment district containing the largest number of upscale department stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theatres in the city. It's a large open area where tourists and locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by, enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and sightseeing, If feeling the pulsating energy of the city is on your agenda, Union Square is the place to soak it in.
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