Just wrapped up the quick blur of the San Francisco trip – but hey, I always love seeing the Pacific! Especially from my room, I’ll have some more pictures coming but on this trip I got to stay at the Westin St. Francis – one of the more historic properties in the Bay Area. I was up on the 27th floor so between the external glass elevators on the way up, and the 270 degree windows in the room, when the fog lifted it was ocean all around. Even from the heart of downtown.
But the one thing I would have loved to see in that hotel would have been the famed Patent Leather Bar by Timothy Pfleuger designed in the heyday before the 1920’s – literally patent leather. The bar is no longer (I bet they bring it back during a renovation) but you can see a few pictures of it in the lobby – and its’ pictured above, with the ceiling shot below. What’s particularly interesting (well…other than a bar made entirely out of black patent leather – if that’s not ahead of its time, I don’t know what is) is that the pictures themselves are taken by Ansel Adams, taken on a rare commercial assignment. The hotel in general has painstakingly arranged historic notes, photographs and memorabilia throughout the main floor so that you really get a sense of being part of a historic hotel, which is always a winner with me. In fact, even if you’re not staying there I recommend popping in for a bit of San Francisco history. As I was checking in, the photograph of a very young Queen Elizabeth II entering with an even younger Ronald Reagan caught my eye. If it’s good enough for QEII, it is certainly good enough for me!
|Lobby Master Clock – the first on the West Coast.|
|If it’s good enough for QEII and Ronnie….|
|Morning view, just after sunrise from my room…|
|Morning view on a foggy day.|
|Light up the night – evening view.|
First two photos by Ansel Adams, remaining photos on iPhone via Instagram.