In which hotel did Tony Bennett first sing his signature tune, I left my heart in San Francisco?
If you guessed The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco (1907), you guessed correctly! In December 1961, in the Fairmont’s infamous Venetian Room, Tony first sang this iconic San Francisco tune. In the audience that night were San Francisco mayor George Christopher, and future mayor Joseph Alioto.
The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco has had a long storied history, including earthquakes and fires. The Beaux Arts-style hotel, designed by celebrated architect Julia Morgan (the genius behind the grandiose Hearst Castle), was about to open when its city suffered a devastating earthquake on April 18, 1906. The hotel didn't endure severe damage from the seismic activity, but fires that followed the quake soon claimed much of the hotel. One year to the day after the disaster, The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco opened its doors to celebrate the rebirth of this great city. It sits atop Nob Hill, affording breathtaking views of the city and bay. But the Fairmont Hotel's history still reigns supreme; this is where the delegates met in 1945 to draft the United Nations Charter. Starting with Harry Truman, every U.S. president has stayed at the Fairmont.
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