Methodist Chinese Mission School

Julia Morgan

Located in San Francisco's Chinatown, this school was commissioned by Methodist missionaries. The three-story building, situated on a sloping site, uses colorful Chinese designs and details. Iron balconies on the top floor serve as decorative fire-escapes. (See also the Oakland YWCA).


The arched entrance


The decorative soffit and elaborate brackets

Always a stickler for detail, (designing even china, linen, and tiles to coordinate with her architecture), Morgan here gives a Chinese flavor to the design. She repeats the bright colors of the tiles of the entrance archway and its keystone.

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