me at the St. Francis." Built in 1856,
the Great Magenta Viennese lobby
clock of the St. Francis Hotel
- 335 Powell Street on the west side of Union Square
- has been a traditional meeting place for generations of San Franciscans.
Among the hotel's many claims to fame, early film star Al Jolson died here,
and Queen Elizabeth II stayed
here during her 1983 visit.
In 2004, the clock was briefly
moved to the hotel's mezzanine level before being returned to a different
part of the lobby, a few yards away from where it had stood before being
ousted for the benefit of a lobby-level cocktail lounge.
St. Francis turns 100!
II: Fatty Arbuckle