St. Francis Square
- Marquis and Stoller
- San Francisco
- Building Type:
- 1530 Buchanan St., San Francisco, California
- Current Name:
- St. Francis Square
- Current Use:
- Cooperative Apartment Complex
- Current Condition:
- Very Good
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.
San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
The wood slatted balconies, which evoke the imagery of the Bay Region style, provide shaded exterior space for each unit and allow residents to view the well-designed landscape.
William L. Slayton was quoted in an August 1964 Arts and Architecture Magazine article praising the project as “proof that good design need not be expensive, that good urban design can be built into projects designed for any income level.”