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Identification:

Preferred Structure Name:
Tubbs Cordage Company Office Building
Structure Number:
AP-0022
Other Structure Name(s):
 
Other Structure Name(s)
No records.
Park:
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Historic District:
 
Historic District
No records.
Structure State:
California
Structure County:
San Francisco
Region:
Pacific West
Cluster:
Pacific Great Basin
Administrative Unit:
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
LCS ID:
014027
 
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
National Register Date:
11/06/1979
National Historic Landmark?:
No
Significance Level:
Local
Short Significance Description:
Originally located at Tubbs Cordage factory, first west coast rope manufacturer, at 611-613 Front St., SF; moved to Hyde St. Pier for display and preservation. Local example of Victorian industrial/commercial architecture.
Long Significance Description:
The Tubbs Cordage Company Office is of local historical significance in the category of industry due to its association with the Tubbs Cordage Company and its rope factory in San Francisco where the first commercial manufacture of rope on the Pacific Coast was accomplished. It is of local architectural significance as an example of victorian industrial/commercial architecture. The building represents San Francisco's last link with an early and important commercial maritime extablishment, and possesses both associative and architectural values which merit recognition by the National Register of Historic Places. Although no longer located on its original site, as the firm which built the structure closed down its San Francisco factory and it was moved for purposes of preservation, it is now located at the waterfront on Hyde Street Pier in a 19th century maritime ambience that provides an appropriate environment for its preservation.
 
Construction Period:

Construction Period:
Historic
Chronology:
 
Physical Event
Begin Year
Begin Year AD/BC
End Year
End Year AD/BC
Designer
Designer Occupation
1. 
Built
1890
AD
1900
AD
Tubbs Cordage Co.
Other
2. 
Altered
1960
AD
1970
AD
(add bathroom)
Other
3. 
Moved
1963
AD


State of CA
Other
4. 
Moved
1990
AD


NPS
Other
 
Function and Use:

Primary Historic Function:
Manufacturing Facility (Mill)
Primary Current Use:
Administrative Office (HDQS)
Structure Contains Museum Collections?:
Yes
Other Functions or Uses:
 
Other Function(s) or Use(s)
Historic or Current
1. 
Administrative Office (HDQS)
Historic
 
Physical Description:

Structure Type:
Building
Volume:
2,000 - 20,000 cubic feet
Material(s):
 
Structural Component(s)
Material(s)
1. 
Walls
Weatherboard
2. 
Roof
Shingle
Short Physical Description:
One story single room with added bathroom, 21' x 26', horiz redwood shiplap siding, hip roof, brick chimney. Door, four wood sash windows capped by hoods with decorative brackets. Painted dark red.
Long Physical Description:
The Tubbs Cordage Company Office is a small, single-story, single-room office building (with the addition, after the historic period, of a small closet, with a sink and toilet, as well as an office cubicle). The exterior is painted a dark brownish-red, common on industrial buildings in the last century, and sometimes referred to as "mineral" red or "iron" red, with white trim. This was the color scheme of the office at the time of its move to Hyde Street Pier. The structure stands by itself at the pier, just as it did on the original site. Rectangular in shape, the building dimensions are 21 by 26 feet.

There is no basement, and the structure rests upon redwood sills. One story high, the construction is frame with redwood siding. The siding is shiplapped. The roof is a low hip roof with wood shingles. A single brick chimney and two metal vantilation pipes pierce the roof. the eaves of the structure form a plain boxed cornice with a plain frieze.

The main entrance is located on center in the west wall; the door is not original and has a molded trim and hood with brackets. On entry one mounts a straight double ground step with an open railing.

There is another, secondary door on the south wall. It is identical to the doorway on the west wall but lacks a stair. Here too, the actual door is not original. During the restoration of the building, the State of California added doors with glass panes to allow public visual access. This was the only change.

There are four windows with molded trim and decorated lintels. The windows are capped by hoods with brackets. The brackets are decorated with incised scrollwork and painted white. All sash are wood, double hung, four over four.

The interior floor and counters were added by the State of California during the restoration.

The Tubbs Cordage Company Office was located historically at the company's San Francisco factory 611-613 Front Street, but when the factory was closed as the company moved out of San Francisco, the little building was moved for preservation to Hyde Street Pier for continued use as an office.