220 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

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220 Montgomery Street is an office property for lease in San Francisco, CA.

When it was built in 1891, the Mills Building (45) at 220 Montgomery Street was the epitome of modernity because of its entirely steel frame (the first in San Francisco), its high-speed elevators, its innovative use of terra-cotta, and its organization of 420 offices around a light well. Designed by Burnham and Root, it was built for Darius Ogden Mills, head of the Bank of California. This structure is considered the finest pre-earthquake example of the Chicago style building in the city. The base, with its Romanesque arch (similar to that of Burnham's Chronicle Building), in Inyo white marble with brick and terra-cotta ornamentation above. Despite the claim that it was fireproof, the building suffered extensive interior damage in 1906; it was rebuilt in 1908 and enlarged twice in 1914 and 1918, according to drawings by Polk. His restored lobby still features the lavish use of marble. The Mills Tower at the back of the building was designed by Lewis Hobart and added in 1931

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