St. Joseph’s Church, San Francisco, United States

Friday 1 Jun 2018
Credit: Page & Turnbull

Architects: Page & Turnbull

Keeping the faith...

A San Francisco landmark that had been allowed to deteriorate over the years has been brought back to life by Page & Turnbull

Page & Turnbull has been engaged as executive architect and preservation architect for the reimagining of St. Joseph’s Church, a historic 1913 landmark in San Francisco, USA. 

Working for the owner-designer Ken Fulk and real estate company GroundMatrix alongside the owner-builder Ross Construction, the team at Page & Turnbull has preserved the original, three-story building for its adaptation, which is set to open this summer or fall. 

From the landmark church that had "deteriorated from a stately place of worship into a vacant and boarded-up eyesore,” according to the The San Francisco Chronicle, the team is showing how a remarkable adaptive reuse project in the city’s South of Market neighbourhood can provide a practical model for redevelopment with sensitivity to both history and faith. 

“We take very seriously our responsibility to the South of Market neighborhood and its unique history,” says H Ruth Todd, FAIA, LEED AP, AICP, principal with Page & Turnbull. “Our team has carefully studied the planning and building code considerations to determine how we can sensitively update the building using proven methods that help conserve its historic character and ensure its continued significance to the city.” Once complete, says Todd, the fully restored St. Joseph’s Church will retain its architectural detailing, including original stained-glass windows, stucco exterior, and gilded steeple.

Nick Myall

News editor

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Ken Fulk, GroundMatrix and Ross Construction



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