The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
is a luxury hotel located at the top of Nob Hill
in San Francisco
. The hotel is owned by the InterContinental Hotels Group
. The chain operates over 200 hotels and resorts in approximately 75 nations.
The 19th floor penthouse suite of was converted into the glass-walled Top of the Mark
restaurant cocktail lounge.
, one of the founders of the Central Pacific Railroad
, chose the southeastern peak of Nob Hill
as the site for a dream home for his wife, Mary. The mansion was completed in 1878, after his death.Mary Sherwood Hopkins
at the age of seventy-three, on her death in 1891, left the Nob Hill mansion and a $70-million estate to her second husband, Edward Francis Searles
. In 1893, Searles donated the building and grounds to the San Francisco Art Association (now San Francisco Art Institute
), for use as a school and museum.
The Mark Hopkins mansion survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
, however, it was destroyed in the three-day fire that followed the earthquake.
Mining engineer and hotel investor George D. Smith purchased the Nob Hill site, removed the Art Association building, and began construction of a luxury hotel. The San Francisco architectural firm Weeks and Day
designed the 19-story hotel, a combination of French château and Spanish ornamentation.
One of the banquet areas, "The Room of The Dons", contains a piece of California... Read More