AKA: San Francisco Ferry Terminal, San Francisco, CA

Structure Type: built works - infrastructure - transportation structures - ferry stations

Designers: Brown, A. Page, Architect (firm); Page and Turnbull, Incorporated (firm); Simon Martin-Vegue Winkelstein Moris (SMWM) (firm); Wilson Meany Sullivan (WMS) (firm); Arthur Page Brown (architect); Phyllis Martin-Vegue (interior designer); Christopher Meany (developer); Lamberto Moris (architect); Charles Hall Page (architect); Catherine J. Simon (architect); Thomas P. Sullivan (developer); John Gordon Turnbull (architect); William Wilson III (developer); Jon Peter Winkelstein (architect)

Dates: constructed 1898

1 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1521

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Market Street at Embarcadero;

A. Page Brown designed this terminal building in 1892, one year before the Economic Panic of 1893, which delayed a great deal of construction in the US. After an outlay of reportedly $1 million, Brown's Ferry Building opened in 1898, two years after his death.

Architect A. Page Brown patterned the 240-foot San Francisco Ferry Building clock tower on La Giralda, a former Islamic minaret rebuilt in 1568 by Christian kings as a campanile (bell tower) adjoining the cathedral in Seville, Spain. Brown would have looked to Spanish precedents that he thought were appropriate to the Mediterranean climate and Spanish history of California.

The Ferry Building underwent a remodeling in 1958, and its interior was renovated into shops and a produce market again between 2000-2003; it re-opened in 03/2003; Simon Martin-Vegue Winkelstein Moris (SWMW) acted as primary architects for the renovation and Page and Turnbull were the preservation architects; Baldauf Catton Von Eckartsberg were the architects responsible for the design of retail spaces; Tom Bloszies Aguila acted as consulting architects; the following firms served as engineers: Rutherford and Chekene, Structural Engineers; Moffat and Nichol, Maritime Engineers; Olivia Chen Consultants, Civil Engineers; Treadwell and Rollo, Soils Engineers; Flack + Kurtz, Mechanical/Plumbing Engineers; C + N Engineers, electrical/telecom/data; Charles Salter Associates, Acoustical Engineers; Hesselberg Keese and Associates, elevators; Debra Nichols Design produced the Ferry Building's new signage. A market became a centerpiece of the renovated Ferry Building which became fully occupied by the summer of 2003. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market also opened adjacent to the Ferry Building at this time. A writer, S. Irene Virbila, wrote of her experience at the Ferry Building Market in the Los Angeles Times, 07/28/2004: "With the market place inside and the farmers market outside (Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays, with plants and flowers, Sundays), the Ferry Plaza has given a new heart to San Francisco. Situated between the bay and the skyscrapers, it rivals even the open=air Cours Saleya market in old Nice for setting." (See S. Irene Virbila, "New heart of 'The City,'" Los Angeles Times, 07/28/2004, p. F6.)

PCAD id: 2706