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Clock Bar at the St. Francis Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Rockwell Group


Michael Mina’s Clock Bar at the Westin St. Francis pays homage to the San Francisco hotel’s century-old tradition in Union Square. While its namesake — the Magneta grandfather clock — stands proudly outside the bar, the interior is a modern throwback. Rockwell Group designed the Clock Bar, outfitted with rosewood walls, black-burned wood floors, and rich leather banquettes and lounge chairs in blue and chocolate brown. The two structural columns in the 1,260-square-foot space required special treatment to transform them from being solely functional to becoming a key aesthetic – this is where Brad Oldham Int’l, Inc. (BOI) entered the project.

The 12-foot columns were clad in hand-slumped glass in caramel, cream and mirror – colors chosen to reflect the rich, modern interior design. The glass panels were slumped in a 30-inch diameter. BOI designed and built a custom double-hinge system, on which the glass panels were installed. The tight-radius engineering requirements were difficult as each panel needed to pull out and rotate to provide access to the lights behind each panel.

Near the top of both columns, guests can see the custom clocks on which actual times from around the world rotate. When the client requested this element, the product simply did not exist. The BOI team custom built a flexible LED panel light clock supported by a one-of-a-kind computer program to simultaneously reflect time from New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, and San Francisco. This electronic clock clearly draws upon the history of the location while looking forward into the future.

This project was part of the largest renovation for Westin St. Francis in more than a century, with a two-year, $40 million transformation. BOI was challenged to stay within historical guidelines when developing and installing the glass and clock work.

The finished product has met with acclaim. “The aesthetic is phenomenal,” said, a recognized trend-spotting blog and a digital think-tank focused on exploring new ways to reach young people without interrupting them.

Meanwhile, Contract Magazine (June 24, 2009) stated, “The centerpiece of the space is two columns clad in hand-blown champagne- and amber-colored glass with ticker clocks showing the time in cities around the world.”