Sing Fat Company

591 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Four story commercial building topped by 3 tiered pagoda style tower built in 1907


Sing Fat Company

Photo taken by Richard Doody in July 2010



Chinatown was leveled by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Afterwards, there was a lot of talk about forcing the Chinese to move out of the now-high-priced real estate of the area. The Chinese community was determined to stay and reinforced their determination by rebuilding the neighborhood, heretofore indistinguishable from the rest of the city, in an architectural style reminiscent of China

The Sing Fat Company building at the southwest corner of California Street and Grant Avenue was one of the first buildings to incorporate this new aesthetic. The pagoda-roofed building was billed as an “Oriental Bazaar” with additional branches in Los Angeles and New York was designed by architects Ross and Burgren.

Update Log 

  • April 28, 2019: New photos from Richard Doody
  • April 28, 2019: Added by Richard Doody


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