Samuel Gompers Trade School
- Hurd, Lester
- Masten, Samuel
- Mission, San Francisco
- Building Type:
- 106 Bartlett Street, San Francisco, California
- Current Name:
- SF City College Mission Campus
- Current Use:
- San Francisco City College
- Current Condition:
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.
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Curved stair towers, metal balconies and roof terraces, which evoke images of speed and forward motion.
The building is an excellent and rare example of a Streamline Moderne style institutional building in San Francisco.