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San Francisco Landmark #140: High School of Commerce
12 May 2012
San Francisco Landmark #140: High School of Commerce
12 May 2012
San Francisco Landmark #140: High School of Commerce
12 May 2012
San Francisco Landmark #140: High School of Commerce School Courtyard and High Rise Apartments Under Construction at 100 Van Ness
24 May 2014
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San Francisco Landmark #140
High School of Commerce
135 Van Ness Avenue
Built 1926

The High School of Commerce, designed by John Reid Jr, exhibits an exuberant Spanish Colonial Revival design with Churrigueresque detail. Sources for the design are the University of Salamanca in Spain and the 1915 Panama-California Exhibition in San Diego.

The building is sheathed in terra cotta decorated with interspaced diamond-shaped green and pink tiles. The main entrance is flanked with corbels which are decorated with grotesque figures representing medieval men of learning. The school is built around a columned central courtyard.

Commerce High is an integral part of the western wall of Van Ness Avenue which includes Masonic Hall, Davies Hall, War Memorial Complex, Opera Plaza and the State Building.

Source: San Francisco City Planning Commission Resolution 110.9042 dated 16 July 1981

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