The Merchants Exchange

A San Francisco Icon

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district, The Merchants Exchange has been a center for the City’s civic, economic, political, and cultural life for over 100 years. The building’s distinctive architecture, history of notable inhabitants, and ideal location have resulted in making it a prominent landmark.

In 1904, Daniel H. Burnham, of Chicago Illinois, was chosen by city business leaders to construct the Merchants Exchange as a central location for businessmen to meet and conduct commerce.

Building Details:

16 Floors

241,106 sqft

Use: Office / Retail / Events
Year Built: 1903 / 1999
Architect: Daniel Burnham, Willis Polk & Julia Morgan
Floorplates: From 15,000 – 16,000 sqft
Key Tenants: Long & Levit, California Bank & Trust, The Asia Foundation, Mendocino Farms

Explore the Merchants Exchange


The Julia Morgan Ballroom

The most coveted special event venue in San Francisco.


The Merchant's Exchange Club

An exclusive special event space that couples 110 years of history with plug-and-play modern amenities


A True San Francisco Experience

Memorable special events don’t happen by themselves; they are the culmination of meticulous planning, creative vision and years of expertise. It also helps when the setting is one of San Francisco’s most coveted venues. That’s why every program executed in the Merchants Exchange is more than an event; it’s a true San Francisco experience.

Our Merchants Exchange Productions team boasts decades of combined experience hosting and producing special events in San Francisco. From planning and logistics to production, management and in-house gourmet catering, Merchants Exchange Productions is the only fully-verticalized event production service tied exclusively to two of the city’s finest private event venues: the Julia Morgan Ballroom and the Merchants Exchange Club.

We are proud to provide the highest level of quality and professionalism to every element of our programming. Our unique business structure allows us to create wholly unique experiences for our guests, fully customized to their tastes at the highest level of execution.

Our model also allows us to eliminate unnecessary ancillary costs and headaches for our clients by providing premium turnkey solutions. Tell us your vision and specific needs and our professional team will handle every aspect of your guests’ experience, from valet service to lighting, floral, catering and more.

Leasing Opportunities

The Merchants Exchange building redefines the concept of the “Historic Class A” office building. Designed in 1903 and meticulously updated with state-of-the-art amenities, the building has served as the hub of civic and financial activity for more than a century. Today, the building is also home to two of the City’s most coveted private event spaces, the Julia Morgan Ballroom and the Merchants Exchange Club. With more than 110 years of unparalleled San Francisco history, we invite you to write your own chapter with us as a tenant at the Merchants Exchange.

Businesses looking for world-class office space in downtown San Francisco will find that the Merchants Exchange Building offers a central location, a modern infrastructure, and customer service second to none. Located at the corner of California and Montgomery Streets in downtown San Francisco, the Merchants Exchange is located within walking distance to BART, and Muni, and sits on the historic California St. Cable Car line. The building is also conveniently located near several parking garages.

Office Suites in the Merchants Exchange range from 1000 square feet to 15,500 square feet (encompassing an entire floor). Our on-site professional management will work closely with you to find a suite and services that meet your business’ needs.

San Francisco's Financial District

The San Francisco Financial District is the place where it all began: the hotbed of Gold Rush fever in the 1800s, the “Wall Street of the West” in the mid 1900s, and the financial cradle of the tech boom of the early 2000s and 2010s. Home to some of the City’s hottest restaurants, finest hotels and more than a few refined watering holes, the FiDi remains the nerve center of the City by the Bay.

The Merchants Exchange is strategically positioned at the heart of the Financial District, just three and four blocks away from the Montgomery and Embarcadero BART/Muni stations, respectively. Drivers will enjoy a number of secure public parking lots within a block or two of the building, and Cable Car riders can jump off at our front door.