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It’s Only Proper

October 10, 2017
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The Hibernia building across the street, by the same architect

The Hibernia building across the street, by the same architect

The new Proper Hotel, on the corner of McAllister and Market, has been a part of San Francisco’s history since the beginning of the 20th century. Originally built in 1906, it shares an architect with the better-known Hibernia building–Albert Pissis– designer of the Flood Building and the Emporium Building in the City. Formerly a six-story office building, it suffered from the bad luck of being built just in time for the Great San Francisco Quake, which leveled the structure.
The Hotel Shaw

The Hotel Shaw

From the building's days as The Renoir

From the building’s days as The Renoir

The Renoir Hotel

The Renoir Hotel

 

Rebuilding on the site, a new 2-story office building was christened “The Capitol Building.” In 1936, 5 additional stories were added in the Renaissance Revival style as the building was rededicated as “The Shaw Hotel,” a watering hole and residence that catered to well-to-do city dwellers and visitors from the 1920’s through the 1940’s. The name remained until the late ’70’s, when it became “The Miramar Hotel,” and later ‘The U. N. Plaza”. Purchased in 1993 by Regent West Ltd., it endured yet another name change to become known as “The Renoir Hotel.”

The Renoir closed its doors in April of 2013 and remained abandoned until it was purchased by The Kor Group, already known for the Viceroy Hotels in Santa Monica and Palm Springs. The building, on the National Register of Historic Spaces since 1986, was re-envisioned as a 21st-century boutique hotel as part of the Kor Group’s plans to open locations in emerging innovation districts around the country.
As part of what city urban planners described as the “Mid-Market Corridor Transformation,” plans were drawn up to begin a $40 million renovation of the existing structure to create a 135-room hotel dubbed –along with sister hotels planned in Austin, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn–“The Proper.” The new hospitality hub will feature 3 chef-driven restaurants on the ground floor and a 4500 square foot bar, with 360-degree city views, to be known as “Charmaine’s.”

 

To craft the vision for the new hotel, developers turned to interior designer Kelly Wearstler, known for her opulent, “Gilded Age” aesthetic on other hotel projects including the “Avalon” and “Maison 140″ in Beverly Hills.

 

 

 

“Each hotel will be intrinsically dialed into the best and the coolest the area has to offer. We will share with customers the flavor of each city,”

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The new Proper

Kelly Wearstler's room interior

Kelly Wearstler’s room interior

Kelly Wearstler's room interior

Kelly Wearstler’s room interior

The Villon Restaurant

The bar at the Villon

The Villon dining room

The Villon Restaurant on the ground floor of The Proper

As it was

As it was

For the exterior of the building, developers brought in architects Hornberger+Worstell and building contractors Cahill Contractors, aided by historical architects Knapp Architects–overseen by the State Historic Preservation Office. 

 

Cahill asked Wooden Window to handle the windows, millwork, crown moldings, columns, and balusters on the first floor. 

 

As it was

As it was

As it was

As it was

As it was

As it was

As it was

As it was

As some parts of the building actually pre-date the Great San Francisco Earthquake, the project required both restoration of the historic windows that could be saved and the faithful replication of those too severely damaged to remain. Avalon Glass Works partnered with Wooden Window to restore and replace the original leaded glass panes.

 

The Proper Hotel building has seen more than it’s fair share of resurrections but this latest effort has yielded a new addition to San Francisco’s great hotels and legendary dining. As always, it’s a privilege to be a part of it.

 

 

Wood turnings ornament the window trim

Wood turnings ornament the window trim

Capitals and brackets on the interior

Capitals and brackets on the interior

Mounting the ornamental woodwork

Mounting the ornamental woodwork

Millwork in the shop

Leaded glass replication

Leaded glass replication

References

Faucett, M. (2017). Kelly Wearstler Design for Proper Hotels in Austin, Hollywood, San Francisco | Architectural Digest. Architectural Digest. Retrieved 8 October 2017, from https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/kelly-wearstler-proper-hotels

Hotel Shaw. (2017). CardCow Vintage Postcards. Retrieved 8 October 2017, from https://www.cardcow.com/569145/hotel-shaw-san-francisco-california/

Instagram post by PROPER HOTELS & RESIDENCES • Oct 6, 2017 at 6:45pm UTC. (2017). Instagram. Retrieved 8 October 2017, from https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ6sazchAfF/

Instagram post by PROPER HOTELS & RESIDENCES • Sep 21, 2017 at 11:19pm UTC. (2017). Instagram. Retrieved 8 October 2017, from https://www.instagram.com/p/BZUj7jnhXzD/

Luxury Hotel in San Francisco | San Francisco Proper. (2017). Proper Hotels and Residences. Retrieved 8 October 2017, from https://www.properhotel.com/hotels/san-francisco/

Mid-Market. (2017). Up From The Deep. Retrieved 8 October 2017, from https://upfromthedeep.com/mid-market/

Renoir Hotel. (2017). Facebook.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017, from https://www.facebook.com/RenoirHotel/

Renoir Hotel – Curbed SF. (2017). Sf.curbed.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017, from https://sf.curbed.com/building/2604/renoir-hotel

Touring the Renoir Hotel in San Francisco, California. (2017). YouTube. Retrieved 8 October 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oezqNe1NL8A&feature=related


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