AKA: Presbyterian Church, USA, San Francisco Theological Seminary #3, Scott Library Hall, San Anselmo, CA

Structure Type: built works - religious structures; built works - social and civic buildings - libraries

Designers: Architectural Resources Group (ARG), Architects, Planners and Conservators, Incorporated (firm); Wright and Sanders, Architects (firm); George Hippisley Sanders (architect); John Wright (architect)

Dates: constructed 1892

2 stories

San Francisco Theological Seminary Campus, San Anselmo, CA 94960

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The San Anselmo Campus of the San Francisco Theological Seminary was dedicated in 1892. The library was moved to Geneva Hall c. 2000, and its former space turned into a central student center. The SFTS Library developed a shared catalog with the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

Scott Hall had a medievalizing Romanesque character, accentuated by its coursed ashlar walls and contrasting stone trim. It had a round central turret topped by a candle-snuffer roof.

Scott Hall suffered significant damage in the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 10/1989. Faculty were evacuated from their offices and the building remained vacant until the late 1990s awaiting either demolition or money for repair. It was renovated c. 2000. The Architectural Resources Group, Incorporated, participated in its restoration and stated the following on its web site: "Constructed in 1891, Montgomery and Scott Halls were the first structures at the San Francisco Theological Seminary campus in San Anselmo, California. Today, the structures comprise the historic center of a surrounding campus of classroom, office, and residential structures. Demolition was once considered due to severe deterioration but ARG worked with the client to rehabilitate the structures, developing sensitive and cost-effective designs for strengthening and reprogramming the buildings. ARG also provided conservation services to repair the severely deteriorated building exteriors. Scott Hall now serves as the student center and provides classroom seminar spaces, while Montgomery Hall is used for faculty offices. The completed project received a Historic Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation." (See "Ruins Reclaimed: Scott and Montgomery Halls at San Francisco Theological Seminary by Architectural Resources Group,"Accessed 02/16/2012.) The following were also part of the renovation team: Landscaping: Studio Green, Mill Valley, CA; Structural Engineer: Degenkolb, San Francisco, CA; Mechanical Engineer: William Mah Mechanical Engineers, San Francisco, CA; Electrical Engineer: Pete O. Lapid and Associates, San Francisco, CA; Acoustical Engineer: Shen, Milsom Wilke/Paoletti, San Francisco, CA; Contractor: Plant Construction; Project Management: Hixson and Associates, Mill Valley, CA; Cost Estimator: PH Waszink Construction Consultant, Sausalito, CA. The California Preservation Foundation gave the renovation a Preservation Design Award.

PCAD id: 1337