City of Paris department store.
Archive photo by Peter Fink.
|In 1996, the Emporium,
then San Francisco's oldest department store, closed its doors for good.
The Emporium building was constructed at 835-865 Market Street in 1896 and
rebuilt in 1908. For a few years following the demise of the Emporium, the
building housed Macy's furniture department. The vacant complex of buildings
that made up the Emporium are the subject of a $500 million redevelopment
project that will include a 375,000 sq. ft. Bloomingdale's
store, as well as 237,000 sq. ft. of office space and a luxury hotel. As
with the City of Paris department store 20 years earlier, architectural
and environmental preservationists were unable to block the Bloomingdale's
project, which was green lighted by a court in October, 2002. I
Magnin and The White House are also famed
department stores of San Francisco's yesteryear.