2290 Third Street Site

Built in 1917, the former bank building which last housed ProCamera on the northwest corner of Third and 20th Streets is slated to be razed to make way for a six-story building with around 70 apartments over parking for 49 cars and 1,800 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

Purchased by Portland-based developer Gerding Edlen, the proposed designs for the 2290 Third Street project as drafted by Kennerly Architecture are no longer in the works and Heller Manus is now leading the design charge for the development, the latest designs for which will be presented to the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association this week.

The apartments will be a mix of one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms, averaging around 600 and 900 square feet respectively, and will take around 18 months to complete once the project breaks ground, which should be relatively soon.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Joseph A

    more much needed housing , Build It !

  2. Posted by Bob

    Great infill opportunity. Glad to see it!

  3. Posted by frog

    This can’t happen soon enough. As the crossroads between third street and the new pier 70 development, I hope there’s a restaurant space/coffee shop. Mission bay and the Dogpatch have a dearth of interesting midday dining spots.

  4. Posted by Sutro_Tower

    Great to see the Third St. corridor in the Dogpatch building up. However hearing that Heller Manus has been tapped for the redesign makes me a bit nervous. I thought the the original design by Kennerly was quite elegant. We’ll see how the new proposal looks, the jury is out until then!

  5. Posted by blabla

    That sweet little building is going to get replaced with more mundane housing blocks. Last I heard the plan was to include a plaque in the lobby in memory of what was once there.

    • Posted by frog

      I’m looking at it right now. It looks kinda depressing. Maybe sometimes we have to put buildings out of their misery.

  6. Posted by blabla

    Like it or not, it’s an historic resource.

    “Block 4059 was one of the last blocks fronting 3rd Street to be lowered in grade to street level. In 1900, about two-thirds of the block was some 45 feet above 3rd Street. Two buildings occupied the block, a saloon and shop with a small barn at the corner of 3rd and 19th Streets and a large house towards the center of the southern portion of the block. By 1915, a hill was leveled and 20th street was opened. The large dwelling was removed. The second building was also removed by 1920. That year, however, a series of commercial structures were constructed on the newly leveled southern portion of the block.

    This bank building is the last remaining of those structures. In 1940, it was reconstructed to its current configuration by the removal of the earlier façade, along with the front of the building, allowing for a twenty foot widening of 3rd Street. At the same time the roof was raised and a decorative stucco façade with marble base was constructed. The bank was an important building in the area, being the only such institution within walking distance for the thousands of workers at the San Francisco Yard and the sugar refinery, as well as for the hundreds of workers in the Dogpatch neighborhood and Irish Hill.

    Whereas a few hidden walls may remain from the 1917 building, it clearly only retains integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association to its configuration in 1940. This property is significant under Criterion A: Resources that are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history. This property is a contributor to a fully documented historic district that may become eligible for listing in the National Register when more historical or architectural research is performed.”

    • Posted by frog

      I like history and yet that’s a slice of history that is completely uninteresting in almost every possible way. Is that really what we mean by preservation?

    • Posted by timbad

      ah well. they tore it down this week.

  7. Posted by maha

    Would prefer any preservation efforts be put into the well-proportioned but dilapidated 2-story across 20th

    • Posted by Frog

      If the fire didn’t make it too expensive, I’d agree that it’s one of the most interesting buildings on the block and in the area (the American industrial center, of course, dominates everything else and is certainly an amazing resource for the city, even today)

  8. Posted by MLRT

    God help us in Dogpatch…Heller Manus is responsible for some of the most incompetent architecture in SF.

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