Golden Era Building

732 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA

Two story Italianate cast iron facade building built in 1852


This building housed the Golden Era (1852-1856), the first of the literary papers that were recorded in Franklin Walker's San Francisco's Literary Frontier. Here, too, Bret Harte worked as a type-setter and authored his first poem which was published early in 1857.

During the 1860's, the building was used as an appliance store, a crockery shop, a billiard table maker and a Chinese broom factory.

The upper floor was a meeting area known as Lafayette Hall, and the Lafayette Guard, a militia company, had its armory here.

San Francisco Designated Landmark No.19

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2019: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody