Financial District

556 Commercial Street, image by Google Street View

Renovation Proposed by Literary Non-Profit for 556 Commercial Street, Financial District, San Francisco

New plans have been filed to create a bookstore and event space inside the 115-year-old brick building at 556 Commercial Street in San Francisco’s Financial District. The application was filed on behalf of the Center for the Art of Translation, the property owner and a non-profit literary community that promotes and supports literary translation and translators.

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Hallidie Building seen from the Crocker Galleria POPOS, image by author

AIASF Opens Center for Architecture + Design in Historic San Francisco Building

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco, opened its new headquarters and the Center for Architecture + Design last Friday at 140 Sutter Street in downtown San Francisco. The civic-minded institution will provide a new cultural hub for lectures, events, and film screenings inside the historic Hallidie Building. Aidlin Darling Design, a San Francisco-based architecture firm, is responsible for the interior design, working alongside a team of collaborators.

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333 Battery Street, image by Google Satellite

Jay Hotel Opening Soon at 333 Battery Street in Financial District, San Francisco

Renovation work is wrapping up for what will become the only new hotel to open in San Francisco’s Financial District. The former Le Méridien at 333 Battery Street was purchased by KHP Capital Partners for $221 million in 2021 and is expected to open later this year as the Jay Hotel. The 25-story hotel first opened in 1989 with the architecture by John Portman & Associates.

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