Updated renderings show a significant design change for the redevelopment of I. Magnin Building at 233 Geary Street, reducing the alterations to the marble facade. The development will transform the 11-story department store into a mixed-use building with retail, offices, and apartments overlooking Union Square in San Francisco. Sand Hill Property Company is responsible for the development.
The iconic building has loomed over Union Square since 1905, originally as the Beaux-Arts Butler Building with medical and commercial offices. In 1946, the structure was remodeled with white marble cladding to become a single-use department store. While earlier plans were to reimagine the building gold-tone-framed windows and a glass crown, new plans show the facade alterations will be minimal.
The 178-foot tall structure will contain 229,940 square feet, with 63,240 square feet for retail, 81,470 square feet for commercial offices, and 49,700 square feet for residential use. The development will create 21 apartments ranging in size with 3 one-bedrooms, 15 two-bedrooms, and 3 three-bedroom units. Retail space will be introduced between the basement and third level, offices will be on levels four through seven, and apartments on levels eight to eleven. Rooftop terraces for the residents and office employees will be included on the peak.
Since the updated design removes top-floor windows previously proposed, the largest facade alterations will be limited. The windows will be replaced by subtle bronze framing, and the resident-level windows will be openable. The existing Macys signage along the parapet will be removed, and the street-level entrance will be reimagined, setback into the building with bronze metal panels.
The property sold in 2019 for $250 million. The renovation is expected to last 18 months, with previous estimates for construction to begin by the end of the year.