Murals by William Alexander Coulter seen at Merchants Exchange Building, San Francisco - Murals of the Merchant Exchange Building
Murals by William Alexander Coulter seen at Merchants Exchange Building, San Francisco - Murals of the Merchant Exchange Building

Murals of the Merchant Exchange Building

Irish emigre William Alexander Coulter landed in San Francisco in 1869 after an early career at sea.

Between 1909 and 1920, he painted five 16-by-18-foot murals for the Assembly Room of the Merchants Exchange Building. These stunning works are framed with marble and bronze columns in what is now a bank lobby.

Coulter resided in the San Francisco Bay Area until his death at the age of 87, in his Sausalito home. During the course of his life, his paintings chronicled the history of shipping and navigation in the San Francisco and San Pablo bays.