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Mark Hopkins Hotel

 
 
Mark Hopkins Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 14, 2014
1. Mark Hopkins Hotel Marker
Inscription. The Mark Hopkins Hotel was conceived, financed and built by Comstock Lode mining engineer George D. Smith who operated it from its opening in December 1926 through January 1962. He directed the evolution of the hotel from a semi-residential to a transient operation without losing its luxurious character. In May 1939 he created the world famous and much copied “Top of the Mark”.

In 1924 he built the Canterbury Hotel and operated it for four years and in 1929 bought the Fairmont Hotel which he operated for twelve years.

A modest man, George D. Smith was a tireless hotel and civic leader known for initiative, resourcefulness and never-failing kindness.
 
Erected by The Smith Family.
 
Location. 37° 47.506′ N, 122° 24.63′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on California Street near Mason Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 999 California Street, San Francisco CA 94108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art (here, next to this marker); Huntington Park/Fountain of the Tortoises
Mark Hopkins Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 14, 2014
2. Mark Hopkins Hotel Marker
This marker is the right-most plaque.
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Unsung Heros (about 700 feet away); Crocker Mansions (approx. 0.2 miles away); Metropolitan Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Miles Archer (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robert Louis Stevenson (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Chinese Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  OnThe Mark - Forbes. Death. Lust. Wealth. Natural disaster. The history of San Francisco’s Mark Hopkins Hotel goes back 127 years and reads like a good, old-fashioned bodice-ripper. (Submitted on January 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Mark Hopkins Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 14, 2014
3. Mark Hopkins Hotel
Entrance to the Mark Hopkins Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 14, 2014
4. Entrance to the Mark Hopkins Hotel
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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