Manufacturer: Shenango China
User: Hotel Granada – San Francisco
Distributor for Shenango – Charles Brown & Sons
Date of creamer (no manufacturer's backstamp): Unknown
Date of celery: 1920s-1930s
Notes: The Hotel Granada at 1000 Sutter Street in San Francisco was built in 1908. It was a 10-story hotel bordering the Nob Hill neighborhood. The structure is between Hyde Street and Larkin Street. It's in a dense and desirable area in walking distance to the Polk Gulch and Tenderloin neighborhoods, and not far from Chinatown. At some point in its history, it became a 232-unit, single-room occupancy hotel that primarily served seniors, disabled, and other adults.
In 2020, California awarded the City of San Francisco and Episcopal Community Services nearly $45 million as part of its Project Homekey to buy the Granada Hotel and renovate and convert it into a 214-unit permanent housing site for formerly homeless seniors, veterans, and other adults.
White body handled creamer (that has no backstamp as to manufacturer) has a black stripe around the top and a burnt orange pin stripe underneath which is broken by the hotel's logo on the side of the creamer. The logo consists of a black and white rectangular shield with a slightly curved bottom which is bordered by laurel leaves. There is a crown atop the shield which contains numerous blocks with various regal drawings including a rampart lion. Underneath the shield and laurel leaves there are the words "Hotel Granada" in black block letters. The celery dish, backstamped for Shenango, has the addition of ornaments with bows and torches around the rim.
Creamer photo: Susan Fitzgerald
ID: Glenn Koch
Author: Ed Phillips