In the Renaissance patrons treated artists much like any tradesmen, issuing very specific orders for subject matter. Mark and Charley embraced this tradition with enthusiasm, decorating the lobby’s barrel vault with Tiepolo-like murals depicting well-known locals in period costume. They include Harvey Milk, Isadora Duncan and Lotta Crabtree, a popular actress during the Gold Rush who in 1875 had donated to the city the fountain still standing across Market Street. Two children peak from behind a column. In a nod to Renaissance traditions of patronage, they happen to be the children of Don Baker, the developer who commissioned the mural.
A ten-story trompe l’oeil mural on the walls of the exterior courtyard adds evocative beaux-arts architectural detailing to blank walls.
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