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New Mint

New Mint

From 1874 to 1937, San Francisco's Old Mint was the most active mint in the United States. It is located at 88 5th Street at the corner of Mission Street. It was built by Alfred Bult Mullett in 1874. Mullett's design was Classical Greek Revival, Doric columns and Roman scale and proportions. Sandstone from Newcastle Island in British Columbia was shipped in by three schooners for the facing of the upper floors and for the six colossal columns on the portico. The basement walls were of granite from the Griffith Quarry in Penryn, Placer County, California. On May 26, 1870, the cornerstone of the Mint was laid. The building opened on a rainy Saturday, November 5, 1874. and in 1877 over fifty-million dollars in coins were produced. Mullett knew well that the Pacific Coast was subject to earthquakes, and with remarkable foresight he designed the Old Mint to "float" on its foundations in an earthquake, rather than shatter. After the earthquake of 1906, the Old Mint was the only financial institution able to open for business in San Francisco and it became the depository and treasury for the city's relief fund. By the 1930s, one-third of the nations gold reserves were stored at the Old Mint. The Mint is currently under renovation and is projected to open as museum.

"New Mint", presents a new look for San Francisco's historic Old Mint entrance, and this time it showcases an all glass ceiling which will be part of the new museum-to-be!

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48.0" x 36.0"
Oil on canvas/framed

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