While the plans for the replacement church/condo development rising on the southeast corner of Gough and Eddy, a parcel which the ornate St. Paulus Lutheran Church had occupied for a century before having been destroyed by a fire, were originally drawn by another firm, they have since been refined by Handel Architects.

From the design team:

The two primary uses – residential and worship space – are visually distinct, despite being physically interlocked with one another. The church holds the corner at Eddy and Gough, where worshipers enter and step down into the main institutional space. This corner is marked by a composition of upward angles, and a singular entrance marker reaches skyward and defines the building.

The 95-unit residential building is expressed in a folding pattern along Eddy Street, with oversized windows set into a dark gray precast concrete. Along Gough, above the sanctuary space, the precast is expressed in a lighter tone, and the window pattern is repeated. A roof terrace is created atop the lower volume, and a courtyard provides light and air to the rear units.

With Build Group making steady progress for Maracor Development, the new condos, 10,000-square-foot church and residential garage for 61 cars should be ready for occupancy late next year.

And as with the proposed tower to rise at 530 Sansome Street, the casting of new shadows upon the adjacent Jefferson Square park could have derailed the Gough Street development, but the City’s Recreation and Park Commission determined that future shadows from the 8-story development would not have a significant, nor adverse, impact on the use of the park, clearing the way for the building to rise (as we first reported at the time).

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Adam

    Considering the old church existed past when Prop K was passed in 1984, I should think they would be allowed to build anything on the site at least as big as what was there.

  2. Posted by sparky-b

    It’s much farther along than the attached photo.

  3. Posted by L'UrbanistaSF

    Enjoy the horrifying amounts of vehicle exhaust at this site.

    • Posted by Anonymous

      Compared to what?

      • Posted by L'UrbanistaSF

        Compared to any site in the city THAT IS NOT REGISTERED AS BEING IN AN AIR POLLUTANT EXPOSURE ZONE PER HEALTH CODE ARTICLE 38…

        • Posted by Fresh Air

          Almost half the city is considered Air Pollutant Exposure Zone. Just means you have to have mechanical ventilation with MERV filter. Nobody panic!

    • Posted by inTheCity

      That’s a bit of an overblown fear. It’s a large modern building, and it’s trivial to implement appropriate air filtering in this situation. Also, smog almost never collects in this location since the air is always moving.

      • Posted by L'UrbanistaSF

        Try reading the health code rather than your armchair version of reality.

  4. Posted by Sutro_Tower

    I was walking along the top-most path of Jefferson Square Park and was surprised at how clear of a vantage there is to all the new HUB development. I can only imagine the view new residents of this development will be treated to.

  5. Posted by John

    Kind of de-emphasizes the whole church thing, doesn’t it? From ornate cathedral to basement rumpus room…

  6. Posted by Miraloma Man

    I love the church design. Gorgeous.

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