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San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Audiffred Building

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
1. Audiffred Building Marker
Inscription. Built by Hippolite d’Audiffred in 1889, with a cast-iron facade and a French mansard roof, this is the only building standing that witnessed the construction of the Ferry Building in 1896-1898. Together they are the only two buildings along the central waterfront to survive the 1906 earthquake and fire. As flames spread east to engulf this area, firemen has given up on the block when barkeepers in the Bulkhead Saloon are said to have offered them two quarts of whiskey per firefighter and a firehouse full of wine if they would save the building. Whether the story, or some variation, is true – the Audiffred Building stood as the sole survivor on this block. With three saloons on the ground floor and rented rooms above, the building became union headquarters for Andrew Furuseth’s Sailor’s Union of the Pacific. On July 6, 1934, International Longshoremen’s Union President Harry Bridges’ second floor office overlooked the site where longshoreman Howard Perry and Gene Olsen fell, shot by police. San Francisco Landmark number 7, the Audiffred Building is a National Registered Landmark.
 
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
 
Location. 37° 47.612′ N, 122° 23.557′ W.
Audiffred Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
2. Audiffred Building Marker
Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Embarcadero and Mission Street, on the right when traveling south on Embarcadero. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Getting Around (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Howard Sperry and Nick Bordoise (within shouting distance of this marker); Splendid Survivor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Big Strike (about 400 feet away); Howard Street (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Splendid Survivor (about 700 feet away); Signs of History (about 700 feet away); San Francisco Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. This marker is embedded in the sidewalk in front of the Audiffred Building.
 
Also see . . .  Audiffred Building -- Found SF. In the 1880s, San Francisco had the busiest waterfront on the west coast, a harbor filled with ships, a waterfront bustling with commerce, and shops serving every maritime need. The initial tenants of the Audiffred Building were the Sailors Union of the Pacific (SUP) upstairs
Audiffred Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
3. Audiffred Building
and three saloons and a restaurant on the ground flood.
(Submitted on March 26, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Audiffred Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
4. Audiffred Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 26, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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