Federal Office Building – San Francisco CA


“This large structure covering an entire city block was built by the Public Buildings Branch of the Procurement Division to house various Federal offices in San Francisco. It houses the Navy Department, Veterans’ Bureau, War Department, Interior Department, the Weather Bureau, Forest Service, Public Roads Administration, Civil Service Commission, and the Employment Compensation Commission. The building is fireproof, constructed entirely of steel and reinforced concrete with the exterior walls faced with stone, and is designed to resist earthquake shocks. The lobbies have marble floors and walls, and the corridors have tile floors, marble base, and plaster walls. The project was completed in May 1936 at a construction cost of $2,763,447.52 and a project cost of $3,039,706.” (Short and Stanley-Brown, p. 634.)

This building has been vacant since workers moved to the new federal building on Mission Street in 2007. However, in 2009, it received 121 million dollars from Obama’s federal stimulus plan, “an infusion of cash that will allow the mothballed federal office building to be brought back to life, according to the General Services Administration.”

Project Details

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Source notes

Short, C. W. (Charles Wilkins) and Stanley-Brown, R. (Rudolph). Public Buildings : a Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration. Washington, D.C. : Public Works Administration : U.S. G.P.O., 1939.

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Location Info

50 United Nations Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94102

Location notes: McAllister and Hyde St.

Coordinates: 37.780242, -122.414523

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