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Welcome to the
Cadillac Hotel
    The historic Cadillac Hotel was the first non-profit “Single-Residence Occupancy” (SRO) hotel West of the Mississippi.  It provides supportive housing for approximately 160 tenants and is an official San Francisco landmark.  Built the year after the 1906 earthquake, the Cadillac was home to wealthy visitors in the first part of the 20th century.  The hotel even had its own furrier.
    It was briefly owned in the 1960s by GAP founder Don Fisher who removed some of its historic detail.  In 1977, the Cadillac was bought by the non-profit Reality House West, led by Leroy and Kathy Looper.  Together, The Loopers remained actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the hotel until Mr. Looper's death in September, 2011.  Kathy Looper remains executive director of the hotel's Board of Directors.  For almost four decades the Cadillac has provided affordable housing and support services for thousands of low-income single adults who would otherwise have no place to go.
    The original Grand Ballroom was leased for many years by Newman’s Gym, a legendary training facility for boxers.  Muhammed Ali and Mayor Willie Brown are said to have worked out there. When its owner, Don Stewart passed away in 1995, the Loopers leased the space to a federal Head Start program (administered by SFSU) which promotes school readiness and provides health and social services for children up to three years old.  This is in keeping with the Looper's efforts over many years, to maintain the residential character of the Tenderloin.  There is not enough space here to describe the Looper’s life of giving.  Leroy Looper, a gentle giant and innovator, was known as “The Father of the Tenderloin."  He and his wife, Kathy, have dedicated their lives to letting people who are down on their luck — know that someone cares about them.  Since 1907, the Cadillac Hotel has been known as "The House of Welcome."

In Loving Memory of
Leroy Looper 1924-2011
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The Jeffrey Chin Trio
Performs Fri, Aug. 29,
12:30-1:30pm
A Tribute to the Music of
Michael Jackson

SF Chronicle Article about Apr. 11 Concert
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SF Chronicle article by C.W. Nevius, Published Monday, Apr. 14, 2014.

Mathena Brothers
Appreciated at Cadillac
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Robert and Richard Mathena are brothers who have lived at the Cadillac Hotel since 1966.  They were recognized on Dec. 6, 2013, with certificates of appreciation presented by Kathy Looper, executive director of the hotel.  The Mathena brothers have lived at the Cadillac Hotel longer than any tenant in the history of the hotel.  The Cadillac was built in 1907, and is official Historic San Francisco Landmark No. 176.  CLICK HERE, or on the photo above to see a short video clip of the presentation. (2:43)

Kathy Looper Recognized in BVHP
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Kathy Looper, BVHP Community Star
Kathy Looper is not only the Executive Director of Reality House West (owner of the historic Cadillac Hotel), but also a community star, social entrepeneur and volunteer in her San Francisco neighborhood — Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP).  CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE in the BVHP website, "On Point".  [You may also click on the photo of Kathy above.]

Leroy Looper in NEN Hall of Fame
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L/R: Esan Looper, Malik Looper, Kathy Looper at NEN Awards.
On the evening of Wednesday, November 16, 2011, Leroy Looper was inducted into the NEN Hall of Fame at a special event in the Rotunda of San Francisco's City Hall.  The NEN Awards are produced in partnership by the Neighborhood Empowerment Network and the Community Challenge Grant Program.  These annual awards are dedicated to elevating and celebrating the tremendous work that residents and organizations do every day to make San Francisco a great place to live.  Mr. Looper is this year's only inductee into the Hall of Fame.  CLICK HERE to go to the NEN website.
Cadillac Hotel Celebrates 100 Years
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Kathy and Leroy Looper at The Cadillac's Centennial Celebration, 2007
    On September 19, 2007, the Cadillac Hotel celebrated its 100th birthday. Among those on-hand to help commemorate the Centennial Celebration were dignitaries Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Tom Ammiano, and Dan Bernal representing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.  Leroy and Kathy Looper who bought the Cadillac in 1977 through their non-profit "Reality House West", reflected on the changes to the Cadillac and the Tenderloin during the last 30 years.
    Kathy and Leroy's sons Malik, Esan and Camlo also took part in the Centennial program.  Brad Paul, long-time affordable housing advocate and former Cadillac tenant, presented a slide show on the history of the Cadillac.  Many of the current tenants of the Cadillac attended alongside the dignitaries and other friends of the Cadillac.
    The Patricia Walkup Memorial Piano was formally dedicated as well as a new glass sculpture by Mary Lynn Devereux-Bowman which is on permanent display in the lobby.

 
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Mural of The Loopers that once hung outside the Page Hotel at 161 Leavenworth.
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Supervisor Jane Kim
Attends Concert Feb. 14
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Jane Kim, San Francisco Supervisor for District 6, attended the Concert at the Cadillac on Friday, February 14, along with her staff members Sunny Angulo and Ivy Lee. She said she might have been a jazz singer or jazz bassist. Click on the photo above to see the video with her full remarks. (1:41)

 
Leroy Looper, Father of the Tenderloin
Leroy Looper
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NBC Bay Area News
Story on Cadillac
Joe Rosato, Jr. of NBC Bay Area News produced a story on the Cadillac Hotel on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.  The story aired on that evening's broadcast.  It had been two years since Leroy Looper, Father of the Tenderloin, passed away (9/11/11).  The story paid tribute to Mr. Looper and his bringing the Concerts at the Cadillac to the lobby of the hotel.  The free monthly concert series started six years ago when a restored 1884 Steinway concert grand piano was donated to the Cadillac Hotel.  The high-quality concerts are dedicated to the power of music to uplift and inspire.  CLICK HERE, or on the photo of Mr. Looper above to see the NBC Video. (2:04)

 
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Susaye Greene, the last Supreme
Susaye Greene,
The Last Supreme
Susaye Greene, former member of The Supremes, performed at the historic Cadillac Hotel on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, with The Jeffrey Chin Trio (Jeffrey Chin, piano / Ron Belcher, bass / Marc Lee, drums).  Ms. Greene, earlier in her career, performed with Ray Charles as a "Raylette" and with Stevie Wonder.

The Patricia Walkup Memorial Piano
    The Patricia Walkup Memorial Piano is at home in the lobby of the Cadillac Hotel — and is one of the great pianos in the City.  A fully-restored 1884 Steinway Model D Concert Grand Piano, it was donated to the hotel in memory of Patricia Walkup, a San Francisco activist and former volunteer at the Cadillac.  The lustre of the Indian Rosewood case is a work of art.  The old-growth spruce soundboard is the piano's original.  The instrument is meticulously maintained on a regular basis.
    The Cadillac Hotel is an unlikely place for this magificent instrument.  But then that is the whole idea.  Music has the power to transform and uplift people — no matter what their station in life.
    You may download a brochure (4-page pdf, 264 KB)  about the piano by clicking on the blue text below.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PIANO BROCHURE.




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