650 Delaney. A really fascinating building with a plethora of ghost signs. As seen above, the main signs says Oriental DePoe Warehouse Company Bond and Free. The word DePoe has been painted over in red and the word oriental has not been maintained/refurbished. On the northern side are two other signs: a faded & partially missing Oriental Warehouse Co. sign (with no mention of DePoe.
The building is a designated landmark, having been built in 1867 by The Pacific Mail Steamship Company as the primary distribution point for mail, coffee, tea, rice, and silk from Asia. Taken over by Southern Pacific Railroad Company in 1893, the company was sold to Grace Line in 1912 when Congress banned ships owned by railroads from using the Panama Canal. Subsequently sold to Robert Dollar and Company and the American President Lines, the Pacific Mail Steamship Co went out of business in 1949.
Pre-Angel Island, the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.'s First Street Wharf was the area's major entry point for Chinese immigrants. With the creation of the Embarcadero in 1910 the wharf was demolished and immigration processing patterns changed for the area.
The building was remodeled into 66 residential loft units in 1996.