It’s Only Proper
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.
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.
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,”
Cahill asked Wooden Window to handle the windows, millwork, crown moldings, columns, and balusters on the first floor.
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.
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