KFRC Radio, San Francisco
The Don Lee Cadillac Building
The photo above shows the Don Lee Cadillac Building on Van Ness Avenue in San
Francisco as it appeared after its construction in 1912. The structure was
designed by Charles Peter Weeks and William P. Day, who were also the architects
for the Mark Hopkins Hotel, Huntington Hotel, the Sir Francis Drake Hotel and
other famous San Francisco icons.
KFRC's studios and offices were located on the mezzanine floor of this building
during the 1920s and '30s. There were two towers on the roof that supported the
antenna. The building, now a national historic landmark, was recently remodeled,
and now holds a 14-screen theatre multiplex and condominium lofts. But as the
2006 photo (below) shows, it retains its original historic fašade.
ABOVE: The Don Lee Cadillac Building at 1000 Van Ness Avenue
in San Francisco, as it appeared in 2006. (John Schneider photo)