A Closer Look: The Nimitz Suite

To commemorate National Historic Preservation Month, GSA is highlighting unique and historic features in our nation’s buildings like the old Nimitz Suite located at 50 United Nations Plaza in San Francisco.

Office with fire place.
Visitors can see the old decor and fireplace of the suite Admiral Nimitz worked in for 17 years.

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, widely considered one of the greatest naval commanders in history, orchestrated the largest group of ships in the Pacific during World War II. His victories included the Battle of Eastern Solomons, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, and probably the most important naval engagement of the war, the Battle of Midway.

Office with desk and chairs.
The Nimitz Suite is now a conference room or collaborative space.

From January 1948 until his death in 1965, Nimitz called the collection of 12 rooms at 50 United Nations Plaza home. Though he did not spend a lot of time in the building, his presence was ever-evident – there is even a drawer in the closet marked for his Five-Star Flag. The suite is comprised of a perfectly round meeting room with an operable fireplace and shaped entry doors, his personal office adjoining the meeting room, a dressing room, bathroom, vault for classified documents, and additional offices for his staff.

There were four Fleet Admirals by the end of World War II, and Nimitz was third in seniority. He became Chief of Naval Operations, the senior officer in the Navy, immediately after the war, and after two years in that position was given the permanent title of Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy for the Western Sea Frontier at 50 UNP. During his years in the Bay Area, he also became the Plebiscite Administrator for Kashmir, the Roving Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations, and Regent of the University of California, Berkeley. He also held many honorary positions, including Deputy Sheriff of both Fresno and Alameda, and a member of the Bohemian Club.

Today, the Nimitz Suite is used as a shared conference room and collaborative space. In honor of Historic Preservation Month, pay a visit to the Nimitz Suite at 50 United Nations Plaza. To learn more about our historic places, please visit the center for historic buildings at http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/104441.

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