BEAUX ARTS BEGINNINGS
Originally opened in 1910 as the Bellevue Hotel, The Marker’s iconic architectural Beaux-Arts structure has stood at the corner of Geary and Taylor streets in the heart of downtown San Francisco for over a century.
In 2018, The Marker unveils a new era with its newly reimagined, redesigned and renovated Lobby, Living Room and Meeting & Event space created by Perkins+Will design firm with project lead Jacqueline McGee. A harmony of its past and present, a simplified Beaux-Arts inspired color scheme of soft whites and pale grays creates a canvas for colorful furniture, layered patterns, and dramatically placed art and lighting.
Reflecting the city's expressive culture, the new design weaves theatrical elements of its San Francisco Union Square location with a literary motif inspired by the neighborhood’s famous film noir classic, The Maltese Falcon – renowned 1930 novel by Dashiell Hammett turned Hollywood blockbuster starring Humphrey Bogart. Continuing The Maltese Falcon literary narrative, the 18 meeting spaces have been rebranded with names such as “Spade,” “Bogart,” “Falcon” and “Hammett.”
LOCAL ART EXHIBITS
The arts are further celebrated through the Artists Gallery, showcasing local artists with rotating exhibits. The current collection, curated by Jacqueline McGee along with SFMOMA Artists Gallery, is displayed throughout the grand staircase and within the Living Room. The exhibit currently features pieces by famed photographer John F. Martin, who has the exclusive rights to photograph actors backstage at the San Francisco Opera; celebrated artist Mark Ashworth, whose renowned paintings are references to real objects or places, while others are purely abstract designs; and artist Ferris Plock, who creates highly detailed works, often character-based paintings on wood panel that combine contemporary pop culture with the aesthetic of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblocks.