Save the Date: Cadillac Hotel 100th Birthday Party on Sept. 19

by Randy Shaw on May 2, 2007

The Cadillac Hotel at Eddy and Leavenworth may be San Francisco’s most famous SRO hotel, but many are unaware of its historic importance. The Cadillac was the first nonprofit SRO West of the Mississippi, the first supportive housing hotel on the West Coast, the first SRO rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake, and is an official San Francisco landmark. The Cadillac was briefly owned in the 1960’s by GAP founder Don Fisher, who removed some of the historic detail but thankfully sold the property prior to doing more extensive “modernizing.” The Cadillac’s historic splendor was restored in the 1970’s by Reality House West, led by Leroy and Kathy Looper. The Cadillac’s rich history will be celebrated at a citywide party at the hotel on September 19, from 5:00-7:00 pm. The party will feature the sounds of a 1884 Steinway “Model D” 9-foot concert grand piano, built in 1884, that will soon to be installed in the Cadillac’s lobby.

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