Parkmerced


Date:
1948
Architects:
Church, Thomas
Schultze, Leonard
Neighborhood:
San Francisco
Building Type:
Residential
Address:
3711 19th Avenue, San Francisco, California
Current Name:
Parkmerced
Current Use:
Rental Housing
Current Condition:
Good
Status:
Not Listed
Parkmerced is a 191-acre 2,500 unit apartment development situated in the southwestern part of San Francisco, adjacent to the campus of San Francisco State University. It was developed by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as part of a nationwide venture into real estate. It was designed by Leonard Schultze Associates, a New York City architect. The landscape was designed by Thomas Church, considered by many to be the father of modern landscape architecture in the United States, exerting an especially strong influence over the look of residential landscape architecture in the post-War years. There are two parts of the development: a low-rise section containing garden apartments constructed between 1940 and 1945; and high-rise towers located at the edges of the low-rise center, constructed between 1948 and 1951. Parkmerced’s significance lies especially with its landscaped public and semi-public spaces than with its buildings. Unfortunately, current plans by the new owner, Parkmerced Investors, LLP, and the University, are creating an assault that threatens to sweep Parkmerced off the map.

Image Credits:
San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

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