Belli Building (Langerman's Building)
Backstory and Context
Melvin Belli was a renowned lawyer who gained the nickname the King of Torts after many successful litigations including some now notorious cases. He represented Sirhan Sirhan after the assassination of Robert Kennedy, and Jack Ruby who murdered Lee Harvey Oswald.
Other clients included Errol Flynn, Ferdinand Marcos, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Errol Flynn, Chuck Berry, Muhammad Ali, the Rolling Stones, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Martha Mitchell, Lana Turner, Tony Curtis, and Mae West.
In 1989 the Belli Building, as well as the adjacent Genella Building, were vacated after becoming structurally damaged by the Loma Prieta Earthquake and were left vacant for over twenty-five years. Both buildings were eventually gutted and rebuilt as apartments. Only the façades were saved.
The old Belli Building reopened in 2015 as the "Landmark 9" residences.
Bevk, Alex. What's Up With the Belli Building in Jackson Square?. SF Curbed. February 07, 2012. Accessed April 29, 2017. http://sf.curbed.com/2012/2/7/10398398/whats-up-with-the-belli-building-in-jackson-square.