AKA: San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Aptos Middle School, San Francisco, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - middle schools

Designers: Shea, William Dennis, Architect (firm); William Dennis Shea Sr. (architect)

Dates: constructed 1931

3 stories

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105 Aptos Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94127

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The architect, William Dennis Shea (1866-1931), designed a number of churches and religious buildings for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco.


The San Francisco architectural firm K2A participated in the full-scale modernization of the Aptos Middle School, funded by San Francisco bond measures passed in 2003 and 2006, to retrofit aging city schools, providing better fire-life safety and accessibility standards for SFUSD students. The architect's web site outlined the work completed: "The accessible new front entry includes a new plaza and landscaping, and the interior ramp is designed to fit seamlessly with the existing art deco detailing and the tiled wainscoting. Interior upgrades include new custom flooring and painting design. A custom three-color palette for the lobby and interior of the auditorium was developed to bring out the historical elements of the Art Deco molding and trim details and accent the unique tile patterns. This modernization also includes a newly designed food service facility, elevator and chair lift additions, and custom graphic way finding signage throughout the site." (See K2A Architecture and Interiors, "Aptos Middle School, San Francsico Unified School District, San Francisco, CA," accessed 09/24/2015.) The exterior of the building had a Mediterrean/Romanesque Revival Style character that was maintained by the architects. An accessible garden to be used in the teaching curriculum, was also added at this time.

PCAD id: 2240