If, as they say, God spanked the town for being frisky, why did he burn his churches down and spare Hotaling's whiskey? -Charles Field
Hotaling Whiskey Warehouse
Why It's Interesting
Alas, this building is no longer a whiskey warehouse... It was built in 1866 by A.P. Hotaling to house his whiskey. During the 1906 fires, the army planned to destroy this building to create a fire break and save the government building next door. When they found out what valuable goods it held, they decided to move the (flammable) whiskey and save the whole block. They pumped salt water eleven blocks from the Embarcadero, and when that wasn't enough, used sewer water to save the block.