Old U.S. Mint Among America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

On June 24, 2015, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named San Francisco’s Old U.S. Mint to its 2015 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, making it one of very few buildings in the nation to be featured on the list twice.

Add your voice to generations of San Franciscans and visitors who demand that the City, as the owner of the Old U.S. Mint, make its renewal a priority once and for all – let’s unite to save the Old Mint!



Old Mint During Fire

The Mint during the 1906 Earthquake and Fire

About the Old U.S. Mint

Completed in 1874, the Old U.S. Mint — a National Historic Landmark — became a centerpiece in the nation’s financial workings as the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode and ensuing Silver Rush fervor gripped the nation. After narrowly surviving the devastating 1906 Earthquake and Fire, the Old Mint was the only financial institution in the city able to open for commerce, serving as the depository for the city’s relief fund. Long a source of pride to residents of San Francisco, the Old Mint – also known as the “Granite Lady” – is the ultimate symbol of the city’s strength and resilience.

Today, despite an unprecedented influx of wealth and tech-fueled development in the SoMa neighborhood, the City-owned landmark stands shuttered, deteriorating, and at risk of being forgotten.

SoMa Post-EQ with Old Mint at Center

The Mint stands amidst the 1906 Earthquake and Fire

“Despite the building’s ability to withstand boom and bust, this is the Old Mint’s second stint on the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list because its future is still uncertain,” said Stephanie Meeks, the National Trust’s President and CEO. “First named to our list in 1994, this iconic building stands forlorn and forgotten in the heart of the city, increasingly at risk as decades of neglect and inattention to both its structural needs and cultural importance take their toll. The time for action is now.”

San Francisco Heritage, working alongside the National Trust, is advocating for the City to remedy this longstanding “civic black eye” once and for all.

While the Old Mint languishes, the surrounding area is poised for major upzoning and massive future developments would literally shadow the Old U.S. Mint.

There is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the City to leverage the billions of dollars in anticipated investment, new tax revenues, and development impact fees for the benefit of the Old U.S. Mint and the city’s cultural heritage. Yet the City has failed to include the Old U.S. Mint among its priorities for funding to be generated for community benefits.

Pigeons #1

The Mint today

San Francisco Heritage and the National Trust share long-held community aspirations to remake the Old U.S. Mint into a vibrant cultural destination anchored by a thriving nonprofit partner, using a combination of local, state, federal, private, and philanthropic funds. The building is ideally situated to be a centerpiece of San Francisco’s civic life, geographically close to public transit and a concentration of other cultural institutions and convention facilities in the area.


Follow the link below to sign the petition to pledge your support for saving and reinventing the Old Mint.




For more information contact San Francisco Heritage at info@sfheritage.org or 415-441-3000 x15.


In the News:

National Trust lists Old Mint as endangered historic site
June 24, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle

America’s Most Endangered Historic Places
June 24, 2015
Wall Street Journal

San Francisco’s Old Mint Is Endangered, at Risk of Destruction or Irreparable Damage, National Trust for Historic Preservation Reports
June 24, 2015
NBC Bay Area

Trust says Old Mint in San Francisco is endangered; at risk of damage, destruction
June 24, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Trust says Old Mint in San Francisco is Endangered
June 24, 2015
ABC News

America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Sites Are Too Good To Let GO
June 24, 2015