Originally built in 1918, this beautiful brick and timber building was occupied for almost 80 years by the first owners—a local sign company, that was reputed to make the best signs in San Francisco. With the changes in technology came their gradual decline, until, in the mid-1990s, the company finally closed, the building eventually sold. In the coming decade, the building saw great growth in the Bay Area, but because it had a less than desirable location (two blocks from the San Francisco jail, and two blocks from the Tenderloin), it largely sat on the sidelines of the dot-com boom—sitting mostly empty with only a few companies coming in for short periods until 2011. Someone was nice enough to reinforce the walls and roof with iron I-beams (and did a very nice job), but very little was done to keep the building up. The building was neglected.