California Hall, designed by Frederick Meyer in the German Renaissance architectural style, is constructed of steel and concrete
clad in terra cotta.
The landmark nomination form, dated 7 December 1983, reads in part:
California Hall is significant as a finely detailed example of a rarely seen architectural style in San Francisco and
as one of a limited number of structures associated with this city's German Community. Constructed in 1912 from funds raised
by German societies, the building served as a social center for the community.
The hall opened in December of 1912 in an elaborate celebration with a message from Kaiser Wilhelm.
The design of the structure is reminiscent of Heidelberg Castle in Germany.
Other structures related to the German presence in San Francisco include St. Mark's Church,
St. Paulus Lutheran Church and St. Boniface Church. [Webmaster note:
St. Paulus Lutheran Church was destroyed by fire in 1995.]