- May 13th. 2013
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San Francisco – SoMa: Palace Hotel San Francisco Image by wallyg The Palace Hotel, at 2 New Montgomery Street, re-opened on December 15, 1909, completely rebuilt after the devastation of the 1906 Earthquake. The original Palace Hotel, originally built in 1875 by architect John P. Gaynor as envisioned by William Chapman Ralston and William Sharon, was reputedly the largest, most luxurious and costly hotel in the world. While the hotel survived the quake structurally, it was decimated in the ensuing fire that swept most of downtown. Frederick W. Sharon, son of the original owners, brought George W. Kelham in to design the new caravansary. It took three years of rebuilding under the supervision of New York firm, Trowbridge & Livingston.