Doelger Building in Sunset receives initial landmark approval 

The Doelger Building is officially historic - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner
  • The Doelger Building is officially historic


The Doelger Building, the former headquarters of one of the most prolific builders of San Francisco's Sunset district, received initial landmark status Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.
The building at 320 Judah St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues, served for two decades as the headquarters for San Francisco native Henry Doelger, whose company between the mid-1920s and 1940s constructed tens of thousands of homes in southwestern San Francisco. He also built the planned community of Westlake in Daly City.
Architect C.O. Clausen in 1932 designed the Doelger Building in an Art Deco style, according to the Planning Department. A 1936 remodel added a garage and a second mezzanine. A 1940 expansion added streamline modern detailing.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the Historic Preservation Commission recommendation to landmark the building. To be formally sanctioned, the board needs to take a second vote next week and Mayor Ed Lee also needs to sign the legislation, according to the Planning Department.
Future plans for the building are for it to become a cat hotel, according to the Planning Department. The building was acquired by a new owner in 2012 and will become Mission: Cats, a family owned cat hotel, the department said.
"The façade and the lobby of Doelger Building are really unique to the neighborhood and will make a dramatic entrance for Mission: Cats," company co-owner Ash Wilkie said in a statement.



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