The city has submitted plans to purchase and convert a seven-story vacant office building at 1019 Market Street into a Mental Health Services Center in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood. The historic 1909-built Eastern Outfitting Build most recently had Zendesk’s headquarters for eight years until its departure in 2021. The new center will provide services for unhoused and uninsured people.
The 92-foot-tall structure contains around 77,230 square feet. The structure was built in 1909 with design by George Applegarth, an Oakland-born architect, student of Bernard Maybeck, and appreciator of the Ecoles des Beaux-Arts, alongside Kenneth A. MacDonald. Applegarth is best remembered for his work on the Spreckels Mansion with MacDonald and the city’s beloved Legion of Honor museum in collaboration with Henri Guillaume.
In a 1975-published heritage survey note, city staff wrote that the project is “an astonishing example of an enframed window wall with giant Corinthian columns carrying an entablature and framing a very large bay window.” The survey explained that “the design was considered economical because glass and copper were relatively inexpensive facade materials. Despite appearances, this is a brick building with wood posts.”
San Francisco’s Real Estate Division for the City and County is responsible for applying. In a general plan referral document, the applicant describes the future center as including a “pharmacy and transportation,” though it does not provide details about the latter. The existing retail tenant at 1019 Market Street, the David Rio Chai Bar, is expected to vacate upon ownership turnover.
City records show the property last sold in 2014 for $48.25 million. The 0.23-acre property is located along Market Street between 6th and 7th Street. Across 6th Street is the new IKEA shopping center and the recently-opened Serif SF apartment and hotel.