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Hills Brothers Coffee

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
1. Hills Brothers Coffee Marker
Inscription. Founded in 1878 by Austin and Reuben Hills, Hills Brothers’ Coffee became world-famous when it invented vacuum-packed coffee in a can in time for the Alaska Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. This complex, San Francisco Landmark # 157, was designed in 1924 by George Kelham, architect of many other fine San Francisco buildings. The Mediterranean Romanesque design of the Hills Brothers’ building reflects the Arabian origin of coffee and spices; the craftsmanship of its details shows the pride San Francisco took in their home industries. In the late 1980s, the building was rebuilt for offices, and the larger companion structure to the north was designed in a similar style. The original south tower was used to store coffee beans, and much of the rest of the complex was devoted to grinding and roasting. For over fifty years the scent of coffee from this building brought warmth to the waterfront even on the coldest of days.
 
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
 
Location. 37° 47.384′ N, 122° 23.323′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Embarcadero and Harrison Street, on the right when traveling south on
Hills Brothers Coffee Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
2. Hills Brothers Coffee Building
The marker is embedded in the sidewalk near the left-hand corner of the building.
Embarcadero. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 398 Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harrison Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Fireboats on the Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Folsom Street (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain Shorey (about 600 feet away); 20,000 Years Ago (about 700 feet away); Spear Street (about 700 feet away); Fast Tides, Frisky Winds & Wet Sails (approx. 0.2 miles away); Waterfront Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  Hills Brothers Coffee - History -- HillsBrothers.com. This is a photo history, with captions, of Hills Brothers Coffee. (Submitted on March 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Hills Brothers Coffee Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
3. Hills Brothers Coffee Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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