The Flood Building
Big things have small beginnings, sir.—Lawrence of Arabia
This year marks the 15th Anniversary of my working in the historic Flood Building on the busy corner of Market and Powell Streets in the heart of Union Square in San Francisco. It is known that in order to appreciate where one is, it's imperative to know from whence one came. And so, with an office bustling with clients and investors, we were asked to chronicle the restoration of our headquarters. The filmstrip and videos below provide a glimpse into the making of Minard Capital's Headquarters in all its detail.
We started by studying the available floor plans and design of The Flood Building which dates back to 1904, two years before the 1906 Earthquake. That seminal morning in 1906 remains the “single largest natural disaster in US history” and yet, the Flood Building stood, not unscathed but still standing—one of only a handful of intact structures in the entire burning city. The bones of “The Grand Dame of San Francisco” remained strong—its marble walls, heavy chandeliers, thick wood doors and weighted windows still as opulent and stalwart as the city itself. Our chief designer, Douglas Philips, perused archived images and photographs of the building and hired craftsmen who specialize in moulding, restoration and marble sanding to bring what had been five separate rooms into one and to retain the integrity and spirit of the original design.
The restoration of the Minard Capital Headquarters is complete and we welcome you to experience The Flood Building craftsmanship circa early 1900s with the modern technology and advancements of our own century. We are very proud to be long-term tenants of the “Grand Dame” knowing its craftsmanship, unwavering strength and attention to detail reflect our own uncompromising standard.
How you do something is how you do everything.