451 Jackson Street
The Hotaling Building is in the Jackson Square Historic District.
Anson Parson Hotaling built this structure as a headquarters for his
several business interests which included liquor, real estate and
trade. The Italianate facade is cast iron with cast iron shutters
typical of contemporary advances in fire resistant construction.
The East Annex was originally a stable for a hotel, but Mr Hotaling
purchased both the East and West Annexes to warehouse his whiskey.
He and the whiskey business still prospered in 1906, and his buildings
survived the Earthquake and Fire. Clergymen scolded from the few remaining
pulpits that the disaster was God's divine retribution for the wickedness of
San Franciscans (same old same old). Charles Field responded:
If, as they say, God spanked the town
For being over-frisky,
Why did He burn His churches down1
And spare Hotaling's whiskey?
St. Patrick's and
Old St. Mary's