St. Francis Hotel, A San Francisco Landmark, Turns 120

Howard Mutz began working at San Francisco’s St. Francis Hotel in 1972. Back then, he was a busboy. From that humble beginning, he worked his way up to manager and, eventually, official historian. Today, he continues to embrace new and old memories at the iconic hotel overlooking Union Square. “I had a nice note from Mrs. (Rosalynn) Carter when she was a guest of the hotel and stayed here. She just thanked me for my hospitality and for taking good care of them. We’ve had several presidents that were here,” Mutz recalled. The hotel was built in 1904. It survived the 1906 earthquake and, well over a century later, it is still standing.