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The Fairmont, San Francisco

The Fairmont, San Francisco

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Corporate Event Photography

The Fairmont atop Nob Hill offers your organization an impressive venue for your corporate event needs, in addition to world-class accommodations and service.

Named after mining magnate and U.S. Senator James Graham Fair, The Fairmont was built in the early 1900s by his two daughters. This flagship property of the resort chain has a rich and distinctive history that almost ended before it started. While the 1906 San Francisco earthquake delayed the grand opening until April 18, 1907, exactly one year after the fire, it certainly did not stop The Fairmont’s popularity as a go-to destination.

There have been several renovations since it first opened its doors over a century ago, and today it provides a seamless combination of classic design with a contemporary feel. Offering over 70,000 square feet of well-equipped space, The Fairmont San Francisco caters to both small and large gatherings and is an ideal location for a wide range of corporate events.

From the impressive Venetian to the fun of the Tonga Room, this location and its wide array of distinct features provides a wealth of photographic opportunities — from preserving memories for your attendees to use in future promotional material.

History of the Fairmont

  • The Fairmont San Francisco was listed with the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
  • The Fairmont was almost complete when the 1906 earthquake hit. While the structure remained, the interior was a total loss. Julia Morgan, the first woman architect licensed in CA, was chosen to make the repairs because of her innovative use of reinforced concrete, a material that proved to have superior seismic performance in the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes.
  • The Fairmont San Francisco has played host to numerous celebrities and historical events, including what is known as the birth of the United Nations, when the city hosted the conference that founded the UN in the spring of 1945. Delegates from 40 countries around the world met in the historic Garden Room to draft the Charter for the United Nations.
  • The roof is home to The Fairmont’s own beehives and herb garden.
  • The Tonga Room started as an indoor pool on the Terrace Level. The “Fairmount Terrace Plunge” was a hangout for local crowds and celebs alike from 1929 until 1945, then infamous MGM set decorator Mel Melvin was brought on to transform the pool into the ultimate tiki bar. Now, Top-40 bands perform from a thatch-covered barge on the “lagoon.”
  • The Hurricane Bar in the Tonga Room features periodic light tropical rainstorms, complete with thunder and lightning.
  • The Fairmont Hotel was used in the establishing shots for the fictional St. Gregory Hotel in the 1983 television series Hotel.
  • The Fairmont is home to America’s first concierge. In 1974, European-trained Tom Wolfe set up a concierge desk in the lobby of The Fairmont, with information on the assistance provided. The concept took off across the US and has raised the bar on the hotel services industry across the nation.
  • The Venetian Room is most famous as the place in which Tony Bennett first sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
  • Ernie Hecksher and his orchestra came for a limited engagement and never left, becoming the official band for the Venetian Room.
  • Other well-known celebrities to grace the rooms of the Fairmont include: Ella Fitzgerald, Nat “King” Cole, Marlene Dietrich, Joel Grey, Bobby Short, Vic Damone, and James Brown, as well as US Presidents, dignitaries, kings, and queens

More Information

For your convenience, the following links will take you to more information about the function rooms available at the Fairmont San Francisco: