St. Francis Square


Date:
1964
Architects:
Halprin, Lawrence
Marquis and Stoller
Stoller, Claude
Neighborhood:
San Francisco
Building Type:
Residential
Address:
1530 Buchanan St., San Francisco, California
Current Name:
St. Francis Square
Current Use:
Cooperative Apartment Complex
Current Condition:
Very Good
Status:
Unknown


One of the best examples of Modern apartment design in San Francisco, St. Francis Square provides affordable housing in attractively landscaped blocks. The existing system of streets in this neighborhood was interrupted to allow the development of protected central garden spaces. The architects, Marquis & Stoller strove to simplify the apartment interiors in order to devote more of the budget to planting and furnishing of the garden spaces which were intended for shared family activities and designed by Lawrence Halprin. The project was developed as a cooperative for moderate-income families by the Longshoreman’s Union Pension Fund which established a non-profit corporation financed by the Federal Housing Authority and the National Housing Act. The project gained national recognition and earned several design awards.

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


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