Following her close call after her car's brakes fail Victoria finds fluid on her garage floor and a pair of her husband Alan's gloves with stains on them. It all looks very suspicious. She has her friend Marc send the gloves for analysis and later takes a cab to his office to see the analysis report.
Then ... The cab pulls up outside Marc Bennett's office, the Crocker flatiron building at One Post Street.
... and Now, this is the same view today - the view west along Post from near Market Street.
Then ... As she gets out of the cab we look down the opposite direction along Post and across Market. The Wells Fargo building is at far left on the corner of Montgomery and the Balboa building is on the corner of 2nd Street across Market. She is about to enter the Post Street entrance of the Crocker building on the right.
... and Now, most of these buildings have been replaced, including the classic old Crocker. The narrow end of the original flatiron building used to be where those trees are.
... an archival photo ... This circa 1920s photo shows us the Crocker building as it was, taken from across Market at 2nd Street with a receding view along Post. The proliferation of banks at each corner of this junction led to its nickname of Banker's Corner.
... and Now, the Crocker building occupied this site from 1890 until it was replaced in 1969 by the Aetna building (below). Let's pause a moment while CitySleuth wipes away a tear.
Then ... Inside the lobby Victoria checks the directory but unexpectedly runs into Alan and has to make an excuse and beat an awkward retreat.
... and Now, with the building gone, even CitySleuth cannot show you the matching view but he can at least offer a substitution from just around the corner, at 111 Sutter Street, in the Hunter-Dulin building, a National Register landmark, built in 1927. Its restored marble lobby still invokes, as the Crocker did, the intimidating feeling of grandeur to all who enter.