North End Police Station

San Francisco Landmark #218
North End Police Station
2475 Greenwich Street between Pierce and Scott in Cow Hollow
Built 1912

The North End Police Station is considered a significant example of the San Francisco neighborhood police stations that were built to replace those lost in the 1906 earthquake and fire. This particular building was built in 1912. For additional photos and a gallery, click any image below:

The San Francisco planning commission considers it to be a miniature example of San Francisco’s Academic civic architecture of the early 20th century, and this particular substyle is Spanish Colonial Revival. The designers of the building included Frederick H. Meyer and John Reid, Jr., two of the three consulting architects responsible for the Civic Center Plan.

Academic Spanish Colonial Revival elements of 2475 Greenwich include the smooth walls, the ceramic tile roof, the arched entry, shaped side parapet, multi-level roofs, tapestry brick, and the wonderful spiky lanterns. The complementary rear building is also Academic style in a mixture of the Spanish Colonial Revival with Arts and Crafts substyles.

This was the district police station for the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915. It is no longer used as a police station, but is instead a private residence.  According to tax records, the city sold the property to a private citizen in 1996 for $480,000. The tax records also indicate that the property has not changed hands since that time. The lot is now classified as a single family dwelling with seven rooms in total (but only one bedroom), and approximately 4,500 square feet of living space on a 9,300 square foot lot. The tax records also say that it was built in 1900, so I’ll let you decide how accurate San Francisco tax records may (or may not) be.

I think 2475 Greenwich is an incredibly cool building, and while I’ve seen firehouses converted to homes and churches converted to homes, this is the first police station in the city that I’m aware of that is a private residence. Of course, if I’m wrong, I’m counting on you to correct me in the comments below!

 

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