Vacant since damaged by the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989, the plans to rehab the Saint Joseph’s Church, parish hall and rectory at 1401 Howard Street, and convert the church, so to speak, into an 18,000-square-foot office space with 1,300 square feet of retail and a 2,500-square-foot assembly hall could be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission next month.
As proposed and rendered by Forum Design, a freestanding interior mezzanine would be added to the church following its seismic upgrade, and the open floor plan within the sanctuary space has been designed with tech tenants in mind.
Originally designed by John J. Foley and built in 1913, the St. Joseph’s Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated San Francisco City Landmark #120. And while the parish was predominantly Irish at the onset, it primarily served a Filipino parish when it closed.
Brian Spiers Development is leading the redevelopment charge along with the owner, Chris Foley, who purchased the property from the Roman Catholic Church in 2008.