San Francisco, California

The Tusker building located at 3640 Buchanan Street is a well-known example of Queen Anne Architecture. Built in 1893, the building originally housed the San Francisco Gas & Light Company. Having survived both the 1906 earthquake and the 1989 Loma Prieta, this building is a treasured San Francisco landmark.

When the building came up for sale in 1998, our client purchased the site, fulfilling a long-time wish to preserve this historic structure. Hayashida Architects researched ways to create additional leasable floor area while working within the guidelines of the San Francisco preservation committee. Because the historic exterior did not allow for an expansion to the building, our firm designed an interior second floor built within the confines of the brick walls.

We collaborated with preservation architect, Patrick McGrew of McGrew Architects, to preserve the original Queen Anne architectural details and implement this style on the new floor. In addition, the building underwent a seismic upgrade required for the older masonry structure. Our client takes pride in his contribution to the City of San Francisco with the preservation of this beautiful landmark.

photo: Design/Build Business Magazine