Preservation Magazine, Winter 2016

Transitions: Saved—Pier 70 Historic Core

In each Transitions section of Preservation magazine, we highlight places of local and national importance that have recently been restored, are currently threatened, have been saved from demolition or neglect, or have been lost. Here's one from Winter 2016.

Pier 70 Historic Core, San Francisco

photo by: Orton Development

Restoration of the eight buildings that make up the historic core of San Francisco’s Pier 70, a former shipyard, is currently underway, with a projected completion date around the end of 2017. Considered the most intact 19th-century industrial complex west of the Mississippi River, the buildings of Pier 70 had been progressively abandoned and deteriorating over a period of 30 years. A $120 million rehabilitation by Orton Development, partly financed with historic tax credits, began this past September. Engineers are paying special attention to the oldest structure, Building 113, which was constructed in 1885 and already on the verge of collapse before two 4.0-magnitude earthquakes shook the Bay Area during the summer of 2015. (The building has since been stabilized.) When completed, the revitalized Pier 70 will house rentable space for businesses and community events, such as concerts and farmers markets.

Katherine Flynn is a former assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores, and uncovering the stories behind historic places.


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