On Market, a 1906 survivor gets new lease on life

Now known as The Wilson, this seven-story building at 973 Market St. has endured more than a century of ups and downs as the blocks around it changed. The original architects were G.W. Percy and Willis Polk. According to an article when the project was announced in 1900, the inspiration for the tile work was the 6th century Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy.


One undeniable aspect of the tumultuous change along mid-Market Street is that worthy buildings are being given a second life. Or, in this case, a third: The 1906 earthquake ravaged all but the shell of this structure, but it was rebuilt and held everything from music shops to dentists before the area’s post-1960s decline. Now, new apartments upstairs begin at $2,500. But there’s no charge to admire the joyous tile work supposedly inspired by Italy’s Basilica of San Vitale — and even when the economy again fades, the terracotta show will shine.

The Wilson: 973 Market St. | Architects: G.W. Percy and Willis Polk, rebuilt by Henry Schulze

Style: Byzantine meets Chicago School | Size: 7 stories | Date built: 1901, 1906


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