One of the great joys of having your own darkroom is that you can reach back in time to make a new print from an old negative. I made this photo while visiting San Fransico in 1989, shortly after the big October quake. I was just enjoying the day, wandering around town, when this building caught my eye. I took the shot and carried on without giving it further thought until I encountered the negative 22 years later while organizing my old photos. I was struck once again by the building’s unique architecture and decided to make this print.
After a little on-line research, I discovered that this beautiful art-deco building was the work of famed architect Timothy Pfleuger. It sits at 450 Sutter Street, in San Francisco’s financial district, and was completed in 1929. The skyscraper remained one of the city’s five tallest buildings until the early 1960s, and is still one of the finest art-deco structures anywhere.