Structure Type: built works - dwellings - housing - affordable housing

Designers: Church, Thomas D. , Landscape Architect (firm); Thomsen and Wurster (firm); Thomas Dolliver Church (landscape architect); Harry A. Thomsen Jr. (architect); William Wilson Wurster (architect)

Dates: constructed 1942-1943

Valencia Street at 15th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Valencia Gardens USHA Housing Project, William W. Wurster and Harry A. Thomsen, 1943

Valencia Gardens #1 started as a United States Housing Authority low-rent project with 246 units; San Francisco architect William W. Wurster associated with another San Francisco architect, Harry A. Thomsen, Jr., on the complex's design, and Thomas D. Church, served as the landscape architect; Valencia Gardens was hailed by critics just after its construction; it was included in the famous "Built in USA: Since 1932" exhibition, held at the Museum of Modern Art in 1944 and thereafter across the nation. (See Elizabeth Mock, ed., Built in USA: Since 1932, p. 58-59);

Valencia Gardens #1 became notorious in its later years, becoming one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in San Francisco; the last 246 families moved from the complex in July 2003; Demolition began in autumn 2003 and continued into 2004. A second Valencia Gardens public housing complex was undertaken in Van Meter Williams Pollack Architects LLP, of San Francisco, CA, in 2005-2006;

PCAD id: 25