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Landmark 876
City of Paris Building
Intersection of Geary and Stockton Streets
Built 1896 and 1909
Demolished By Neiman Marcus 1981
 
This Site Has No Commemorative Plaque

It was 1850 when the Verdier brothers, immigrants from France, opened a store aboard the ship La Ville de Paris to serve the Argonauts passing through San Francisco's harbor. In 1896 the business, which stayed in the family for over a century and a quarter, moved into a new building designed by architect Clinton Day, damaged by the 1906 earthquake, its interior was reconstructed by architects John Bakewell and Arthur J. Brown. The old City of Paris building was one of the finest examples of the beaux-arts style of commercial building in California.

Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation

City of Paris Department Store in 1898
City of Paris in 1898
The highrise building is the Call Building, which also survived the 1906 Earthquake and Fire and still stands on Market Street.
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City of Paris Reopens After the 1906 Earthquake and Fire
City of Paris Reopens After the 1906 Earthquake and Fire
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City of Paris Department Store in 1979
City of Paris in 1979
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City of Paris Department Store Site in 2004
City of Paris Site in 2004
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For more information about the City of Paris,
please see National Register Landmark 75000471.
 
 
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