Farewell Favorites: Emporium

Emporium Capwell. Now you see it; now you don't.
In 1996, the Emporium, then San Francisco's oldest department store, closed its doors for good. The Emporium building was constructed at 835-865 Market Street in 1896 and rebuilt in 1908. For a few years following the demise of the Emporium, the building housed Macy's furniture department. The vacant complex of buildings that made up the Emporium are the subject of a $500 million redevelopment project that will include a 375,000 sq. ft. Bloomingdale's store, as well as 237,000 sq. ft. of office space and a luxury hotel. As with the City of Paris department store 20 years earlier, architectural and environmental preservationists were unable to block the Bloomingdale's project, which was green lighted by a court in October, 2002. I Magnin and The White House are also famed department stores of San Francisco's yesteryear.

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