Downtown Center Garage
- Downtown, San Francisco
- Building Type:
- 325 Mason Street, San Francisco, California
- Current Name:
- Downtown Center Garage/Mason-O’Farrell Garage
- Current Use:
- Multi-level parking garage with first-floor retail, restaurant, and office use
- Current Condition:
- Not Listed
The Downtown Center Garage was constructed at a time when the car was becoming a modern necessity. According to an article in the Architect & Engineer (April 1955), planning studies completed as part of this project indicated that most motorists preferred to park their own vehicle rather than valets. The building was constructed just west of Union Square, augmenting the Union Square Parking Garage. As originally designed the Downtown Center Garage contained 1,200 parking stalls. The only non-parking uses included the lobby and checking stations along the north wall of the building and a service area located on the first floor. The retail storefronts appear to have been inserted sometime in the 1980s.
Rendering: AP news photo, dated January 22, 1954
Postcard: A Mike Roberts Color Production
Sources: “Self Parking Downtown Center Garage, San Francisco, California.” The Architect & Engineer, Volume 201, Number 1 (April 1955), 8-19.
Schwarzer, Mitchell. Architecture of the San Francisco Bay Area: A History and Guide. San Francisco: William Stout Publishers, 2007.