“No architect made a richer
mark on San Francisco.”
The Pacific Telephone & Telegraph building at 140 New Montgomery has always caught my attention, but it wasn’t until recently that I found myself wandering through its stunning lobby. When the building opened in 1925, it was the tallest skyscraper in San Francisco. The 26-story building was designed by architect Timothy L. Pflueger, whose work includes some of the city’s only Art Deco architecture. Eventually, the location was restored into office space, but much of its character remains. Old photos show the enduring beauty of the black Levanto marble contrasted by intricate bronze metal work, carefully restored chandeliers, and a colorfully stenciled ceiling. Replicas of the original Bell logo are mounted on hexagon medallions and placed over each of the elaborate elevators. Every detail is old and new at once. A historic gem standing proud in a vibrant, urban neighborhood.