Samuel Gompers Trade School


Date:
1937
Architects:
Hurd, Lester
Masten, Samuel
Neighborhood:
Mission, San Francisco
Building Type:
Institutional
Address:
106 Bartlett Street, San Francisco, California
Current Name:
SF City College Mission Campus
Current Use:
San Francisco City College
Current Condition:
Good
Status:
Unknown


The historic Samuel Gompers Trade School building displays a relatively straightforward application of reinforced-concrete construction techniques and a rather boldly unprecedented use of glass block units in the stair towers (in San Francisco). Named after the leader of the American Federation of Labor, the mission of the school was to provide apprenticeships and skilled training in manual trades to working-class residents of San Francisco, particularly the Mission District. The building only cost $225,000 to build and was partially funded with WPA funds. Functional yet elegant, the Streamline Moderne trade school was designed by firm Masten & Hurd, which was responsible for the design of several major educational and institutional buildings from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Image credits:
San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library


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