311 California Street: Robert Dollar Building

Building History

Captain of Industry

In 1895, Captain Robert Dollar acquired his first single steam schooner called Newsboy, to transport his lumber from the Sonoma Coast to San Francisco. He continued buying vessels to ship lumber and by 1901 had established the Dollar Steamship Company. Known as the Grand Old Man of the Pacific, Robert Dollar became a leader in Trans-Pacific trade, pioneering business relations between the United States, and Asian merchants as his business expanded.

Soon the Dollar Line Smokestack, with its signature dollar emblem was a familiar sight throughout the Orient, symbolizing American industry. This timeless symbol remains prominently displayed today, throughout the foyer of the historic Robert Dollar Building in the heart of San Francisco's Financial District.

Building History

Former headquarters of the Dollar Steamship Company, the Robert Dollar Building has stood proudly on the southwest corner of Battery and California Streets for nearly a century. Constructed in 1910 by W. S. Schmolle and expanded in 1919 by Charles McCall, the building remains a beloved structure on the charming and historic California Street.

Timeless and Convenient

Centrally located, the property offers tenants a multitude of commuter and transportation options. The building is located within two blocks of Embarcadero Station for both BART and MUNI; San Francisco's famed California Street Cable Car line stops within steps of the building; the Ferry Terminal - offering ferry service to Marin and Alameda Counties is within four blocks; and many major bus lines stop within two blocks of the Building's front door. There are also 3,000 public parking stalls within a three-block radius of the property.

At 11 stories tall, the building boasts 88,558 total rentable square feet of office space with prominent adjoining retail space. The ornate detailed exterior adds to the buildings striking charm and timeless appeal. Surrounded by countless dining and service amenities, The Robert Dollar Building commands this bustling and highly energetic locale.

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