The rather exceptional Art Deco building at 170 Valencia Street, which is currently owned and occupied by the Baha’í Faith in San Francisco, is now on the market and will be delivered vacant at the close of escrow.
Designed by architect Harold Stoner and built for the Independent Order of Foresters in 1930, the three-story building, which measures a little over 23,000 square feet, has been owned by the Baha’i Faith and used as a temple since the 1976.
The façade of the building, which is divided into three bays with an ornate fountain and floral motif, is considered by some to be one of the country’s most elegant Art Deco designs and much of the building’s original interior finishes remain.
While a registered historic resource, the site upon which 170 Valencia Street sits is zoned for development up to 50 feet in height and both commercial and residential use.
And as noted by Colliers International in their offering memorandum for the property which has started to quietly make the rounds with an undisclosed price, there’s an “opportunity to increase [the building’s usable] square footage by approximately 20%.”