A project review meeting has been requested with plans to renovate the interiors of the San Francisco Armory at 1800 Mission Street in the Mission District. The proposal will leave the historic facade and site use unchanged while adding more equipment infrastructure in the Drill Court venue while creating a dedicated Jazz Club and VIP lounge in the support area. AJ Capital Partners is sponsoring the application.
The current Armory was finished in 1914, replacing the previous armory destroyed during the 1906 earthquake and fire. It was in use as an armory by the US National Guard up until 1976. The National Guard used the Drill Court for public boxing events from the 1920s to the 1940s. The property was designated a landmark and listed in the National Register in 1978. The site has been plagued with basement flooding from groundwater. Some misinformation has circulated that Mission Creek flows below the sub-basement.
Rather famously, the property was purchased by Peter Acworth of Kink.com in 2006 for $14.5 million. The BDSM pornography studio operated at the site up until 2018, Acworth sold the Armory to AJ Capital Partners for $65 million.
Further details about the interior design work and plans have not been described. TEF Design will be leading the job. The Drill Court will remain the primary entertainment venue for the Armory, with a ticketing and waiting area accessible via 14th Street. A large open floor will separate the performance platform from two levels of bleacher-style seating. The second floor will also include venue supporting space for equipment.
Adjacent to the Drill Court is the large castle-like section where a Jazz Club and VIP Lounge will be accessible from Mission Street. The Jazz section includes a stage, seating, dining area, and a bar. An existing ceiling cutout above the future stage will open up to an L-shaped section of seating for patrons.
AJ Capital Partners has yet to reply to a request for comment from YIMBY.