What Were These Buildings?
The metal and brick buildings that the Flower Mart will occupy at one time housed the largest steel-producing factory on the West Coast. It was operated by the storied Pacific Rolling Mill Company, later named Judson Pacific-Murphy Corporation. Steel fabricated inside these three buildings was used to construct some of the West's most iconic buildings and structures from the late 19th through the early 20th centuries. A partial list of these landmarks includes the approaches to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Fairmont Hotel, Grace Cathedral, Hoover Dam, and the California State Capitol building. Adaptively reusing the site's historically significant metal warehouses and red brick building for modern use will benefit both the Flower Mart and the neighborhood while also honoring and preserving Potrero Hill’s industrial heritage. (See "Romance of Steel in California" - the history of The Pacific Rolling Mill Company. See also "Pacific Rolling Mill / 1200 -1210 17th Street: Evaluation of Integrity"; "Building The West: The Pioneering Legacy of the Pacific Rolling Mill Co.").