Do any of Elder’s bookstores still exist?

by david on 29 January 2010

No. However, four buildings that once housed Elder’s stores still exist. Here are the details:

  • Mills Building, northeast corner of Bush & Montgomery, San Francisco. Elder’s shop was a room on the mezzanine. The building was burned out in the 1906 earthquake and fire, but the shell was saved and the interior rebuilt. The Mills Building still stands today.
  • 238 Post, San Francisco. Destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. The old Gump’s store now occupies this location.
  • 22 Chapala, Santa Barbara. Demolished.
  • 1203 State at Anapamu, Santa Barbara. Uncertain, but probably not any of the existing buildings at this location.
  • Bush & Van Ness, San Francisco. Demolished. Now the site of a five-story hotel called the Calista Organic Hotel.
  • 43-45 East 19th St, 4th floor, New York City. The building has been converted to residential apartments, with a restaurant on the street level.
  • 239 Grant, San Francisco. Built in 1909 as the “Paul Elder Building,” it still stands at the corner of Grant and Campton Place, now numbered 233 Grant.
  • Booth at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Taken down at the end of the fair in November 1915.
  • 239 Post, San Francisco. Now numbered 237 Post, the building is a Graff Diamonds store.
  • Sutter & Stockon, San Francisco. Demolished circa 1970. Now the site of the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
  • Mills Building. Paul Jr opened a small satellite shop somewhere along the Montgomery Street sidewalk in order to serve the downtown business community. This space would still exist today, though much remodeled.

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Kat Dodd June 25, 2010 at 16:31

I just purchased Look Homeward, Angel (1926-Hardcover) by Thomas Wolfe and noticed the “Paul Elder & Co., San Francisco” stamp on the back page. Thru researching the company, I found your site. Very interesting and extremely good history on the origins of my new book. Thanks for the info.

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