In 1907, the California Fruit Cannery Association built an industrial complex which was at the time the world's largest fruit and vegetable cannery. The complex included the 198,000-square-foot Haslett Warehouse and was designed by architect William Mooser. Canning operations ended in 1939 and the buildings were used as warehouses until the early 1960s when they were slated for demolition. In 1963, developer Leonard Martin purchased the former cannery and converted it into shops and restaurants.
Backstory and Context
The Group took over the lease of the 252 room boutique hotel and renovated it. The rent paid to the NPS is used to fund the preservation of its historic ships. Designed to resemble a ship, the public areas of the Argonaut Hotel have wooden plank floors and portholes in the lobby walls adding to the overall nautical atmosphere.
The California Fruit Canners Association built the Haslett Warehouse between 1907 and 1909, a four-story, timber and solid brick structure. After changing hands several times, the Haslett was transferred to the National Park Service in 1978 and was included in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park when it was established in 1988. The City of San Francisco declared the Haslett Warehouse an historic landmark in 1974 and the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Fire guts warehouse being converted to hotel / 5-alarm blaze near Cannery / Historic warehouse damaged, no injuries. SF Gate. Accessed May 13, 2017. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Fire-guts-warehouse-being-converted-to-hotel-2864185.php.