AKA: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), South of Market, San Francisco, CA

Structure Type: built works - exhibition buildings - museums

Designers: Maki and Associates, Architects (firm); Robinson, Mills and Williams (RMW), A.I.A., Architects (firm); Fumihiko Maki (architect); Matthew Richard Mills (architect); David Williams (architect)

Dates: constructed 1993

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710 Mission Street
South of Market, San Francisco, CA 94103

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This was Fumihiko Maki's second building commission in the United States and his first on the West Coast. His first commission, the Steinberg Hall art center at Washington University's Hilltop (later renamed "Danforth,") Campus, occurred in the late 1950s. The Yerba Buena commission for a visual arts center was part of large-scale cultural arts center carved out of an existing industrial area in the South of Market Street neighborhood of San Francisco. This plan caused considerable controversy among community groups in the 1970s and into the 1980s.

Building History

Noted Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki designed this visual arts center with the San Francisco architectural firm of Robinson, Mills and Williams.

PCAD id: 4085