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The Merchants Exchange has also been home to San Francisco's top businesses and today houses the San Francisco Bar Association, the Asia Foundation, California Bank and Trust, Long & Levit, Hubbel & Associates and other prestigious organizations. Its location – on the California Cable Car line, at the corner of California Street and Montgomery- put it in the heart of the Financial District, often known as the "Western Wall Street."

During the Great Depression of the 1930’s, when the San Francisco Opera was facing financial difficulty, director Gaetano Merola walked over to the Merchants Exchange to appeal for help. The opera was saved. And the Merchants Exchange continues to play a significant role in supporting charitable causes.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco has hosted its annual "Loaves and Fishes" fundraising dinner at the Julia Morgan Ballroom, honoring those who have helped the community, and raising much-needed money for social services in the San Francisco Bay Area. And dozens of other charitable organizations continue to hold fundraisers and annual meetings at the Ballroom.

Civic leaders, charities, politicians, and prominent organizations are all drawn to the Merchants Exchange for its historical significance, its ideal downtown location, as well as the state-of-the-art facilities. Consequently, Merchants Exchange continues to be one of the best places to work and celebrate all that makes San Francisco one of America's greatest cities.

 
The Merchants Exchange Building - 465 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104