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From 1874 to 1937, San Francisco's Old Mint was the most active mint in the United States. It is located at 88 5th Street at the corner of Mission Street. It was built by Alfred Bult Mullett in 1874. Mullett's design was Classical Greek Revival, Doric columns and Roman scale and proportions. Sandstone from Newcastle Island in British Columbia was shipped in by three schooners for the facing of the upper floors and for the six colossal columns on the portico. The basement walls were of granite from the Griffith Quarry in Penryn, Placer County, California. On May 26, 1870, the cornerstone of the Mint was laid. The building opened on a rainy Saturday, November 5, 1874. and in 1877 over fifty-million dollars in coins were produced. Mullett knew well that the Pacific Coast was subject to earthquakes, and with remarkable foresight he designed the Old Mint to "float" on its foundations in an earthquake, rather than shatter. After the earthquake of 1906, the Old Mint was the only financial institution able to open for business in San Francisco and it became the depository and treasury for the city's relief fund. By the 1930s, one-third of the nations gold reserves were stored at the Old Mint. The Mint is currently under renovation and is projected to open as museum of San Francisco in the coming years.
New Mint presents a new look for San Francisco's historic Old Mint entrance, and this time it showcases an all glass ceiling which will be part of the new museum to be!
This painting was first exhibited during Araujo's solo show, ON THE EDGE OF DELICATE LINES, July-September 7th, 2013 at Alphaville Gallery, in San Francisco, and is featured in Araujo's book publication, SOMA RISING, in 2012. It was exhibited with the Treasure Island Museum during the upcoming SF History Expo at the Old Mint, in San Francisco, March 1st & 2nd, 2014. It was again on view at the Old Mint and this time for Araujo's solo exhibition, titled "Mid-Market Landmarks", and to accompany SF History Expo, January to March 2015.
ARTIST BIO Patricia Araujo was born in Miami, Fl, the daughter of Colombian parents. Her father was an architect at Walt Disney and during his last years he assisted with the development of Epcot Center. Patricia grew up in Bogota, Colombia and since childhood, she was enchanted by architecture and form - drawing arches and entrances, and designing imaginary floor plans. After completing high school in Bogota, Araujo moved to Northern California to pursue her college education. She studied architecture, ...