This Beaux Arts beauty is a symbol of resiliance for its hometown San Francisco

This Beaux Arts beauty is a symbol of resiliance for its hometown San Francisco

The coffered mahogany ceiling and pinecone lighting provide a distinctive ambiance

The coffered mahogany ceiling and pinecone lighting provide a distinctive ambiance

The Merchants Exchange Building - Ballroom Reception

A day reception accentuates the richness of Julia Morgan's design for the ballroom

The unique architecture of the ballroom stands out with understated event design

The unique architecture of the ballroom stands out with understated event design

The unique architecture of the ballroom stands out with understated event design

The unique architecture of the ballroom stands out with understated event design

The uniquely elegant Julia Morgan Ballroom will enhance your celebration of love

The uniquely elegant Julia Morgan Ballroom will enhance your celebration of love

  • This Beaux Arts beauty is a symbol of resiliance for its hometown San Francisco
  • The coffered mahogany ceiling and pinecone lighting provide a distinctive ambiance
  • The Merchants Exchange Building - Ballroom Reception
  • The unique architecture of the ballroom stands out with understated event design
  • The unique architecture of the ballroom stands out with understated event design
  • The uniquely elegant Julia Morgan Ballroom will enhance your celebration of love

The Merchants Exchange Building

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Boasting a “who’s who” of architects, tenants and guests, this San Francisco landmark building is the place to be seen, heard or celebrated.

The Merchants Exchange Building, now over 100 years, remains one of San Francisco’s most sought-after venues for meetings and events, and it has always been a prestigious address for its tenants. 

The well established and classically inspired architect, Daniel H. Burnham, designed the 16-story building along with local architect Willis Polk. To the credit of this “dynamic duo” and their engineering team, the Merchants Exchange Building survived the devastating earthquake of 1906 and thus became a symbol of the City’s strength and resiliency.

An objective of the original design was to provide a substantial private meeting space for political officials and corporate dignitaries to engage in business and to socialize, though not necessarily in that order. Located on the 15th floor, the Commercial Club, as it was initially dedicated, served that purpose beautifully. The Commercial Club was designed in the Beaux Arts style by the iconic San Francisco architect Julia Morgan with Wills Polk. When the building was sold in 1995, the Club was restored and renamed the “Julia Morgan Ballroom.” 

The Julia Morgan Ballroom is a unique historic space that can serve a variety of event objectives. The walls are of delicately carved wood paneling with classically detailed pilasters on either side of the window openings. Upon entering the ballroom, your attention is drawn to the far end of the room and the prominent, carved-stone fireplace. The ceiling  is a coffered pattern of mahogany elements with decorative octagonal accents.  The petal-like, spherical orbs, are suspended from the ceiling to provide soft illumination.

Adjacent to the Ballroom and serving as a pre-function space, is the Daniel Burnham Bar and Lounge. This more intimate-sized space is ideal for cocktails, casual gatherings, or related meeting activities. Full in-house catering and event support services are provided by the Merchants Exchange Building,

The Merchants Exchange Building also has a dramatic and architecturally significant entrance lobby. This ground floor space provides a stunning classical setting for after-hour events. The lobby features a grand barrel-vaulted ceiling and is luxuriously appointed with white marble, accented with gold leaf and bronze trim.  This space is equally brilliant by day or by night and provides a flexible, column-free space for weddings, product launches and receptions.

 

Images courtesy of Merchants Exchange Building

Contact details

Merchants Exchange Building
Julia Morgan Ballroom
465 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
415.421.7730
http://www.mxbuilding.com