BUILDING: Battle of the Codes

The $25 million San Francisco Hilton was planned to be unique among world hotels. It would ingeniously combine the best features of a hotel and a motel. On seven of its 18 floors, rooms would sur round a garage core, built under a roof garden and serviced by a spiral ramp. A guest could drive in, pick up his key without getting out of his car, and drive to his room, parking his car right outside. But to San Francisco's Chief Fire Marshal Albert E. Hayes, the guardian of the city's antiquated building code, the hotel was too unusual....

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