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San Francisco, CA 94103
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Much like San Francisco itself, Central Tower is an icon that has undergone many reinventions. Erected in 1897 by entrepreneur and civic leader Claus Spreckels, the skyscraper was one of the first in the city, home to the San Francisco Call newspaper, and celebrated as the city’s tallest building for nearly a quarter century. After the 1906 earthquake, the Tower not only stood unscathed, it became a symbol for the city’s reconstruction. In 1938, the building took on new life through a masterful Art Deco refurbishment, which included bold graphic vertical lines added to the tower’s façade.
Our cafe design embraces the building’s distinguished pedigree. To celebrate and emphasize its height and scale, we’ve covered one of the nearly 20-foot-tall walls with vertically oriented maple-wood slats. The slats appear throughout the space, offering a modern reinterpretation of the Art Deco styling on the exterior of the building. The warm, minimalist space invites workers and tourists to come in from busy Market Street and savor an espresso at one of the standing tables, or to linger over a Bella Donovan pour over at the long banquette carved into the wall. At the front, an elliptical communal table hugs an exposed structural column, offering a soft counterpoint to the cafe’s otherwise crisp rectilinear lines to create an inviting gathering place for impromptu conversation.