The Architecture of Bliss & Faville

1917 exterior“The career of Bliss & Faville, the architects,” has produced “results that have brought credit to the status of architecture on the Pacific Coast, as well as inspiration to their brethren and pleasure to the public, who enjoy the many-sided benefits conferred by well-arranged and beautiful buildings.”

-Architectural Critic B.J.S Cahill, Architect and Engineer January1914

The architectural firm of Bliss and Faville was one of the most established and well-respected firms in San Francisco. Walter Danforth Bliss and William Baker Faville’s consistently high quality designs were important contributors to raising the architectural standards in the Bay Area. Both men were schooled in the Beaux Arts tradition, met at MIT, and apprenticed at the prestigious firm of McKim, Mead and White in New York. They came to San Francisco in 1898 as partners and worked together until 1925.

They expressed the organization and character of their buildings through the Italian Renaissance style.FunQuiz


bank of cal

Union Bank aka Bank of California 400 California Street

One Grant

Giorgio Armani aka Saving Union Bank 1 Grant Avenue


California State Building Civic Center AAB-8268 (1)

California State Building 350 McAllister


Columbia Theater AAA-8708

Geary Theater aka Columbia Theater 415 Geary Street



Masonic Temple 25 Van Ness Ave.

Masonic Temple 25 Van Ness Avenue

Marines Memeorial Building

Marines Memorial Club aka Women’s Club of San Francisco Building 609 Sutter Street



Southern Pacific Building 1 Market Street