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SF Heritage Tours Progress at the Power Station Site

A view towards Station A turbine hall at the Power Station from the top of Unit 3. Heritage photo.

This beautiful afternoon, SF Heritage toured the progress at the Power Station, a 29-acre mixed use development along the San Francisco Bay.

Over the past several years, Heritage has been engaged in a regular and productive dialogue with the project developer, Associate Capitol on how to address complex preservation issues at the Power Station site. We were pleased that our advocacy efforts assisted with the preservation of several historic structures at the site, including the iconic Boiler Stack and massive Station A Turbine Hall.

Inside the Station A turbine hall (with steel support beams visible), built in 1901. Heritage photo.

Dating to the turn of the 20th century, Station A is part of the evolving history of Potrero Point, being one of the last remnants of the site’s early period of industrial growth (1870-1920) which included power, gunpowder, barrel-making, and sugar refining. As a partial ruin, it is also a uniquely challenging and inspiring candidate for creative reuse. Since we last toured Station A, massive steel horizontal and vertical support beams have been installed to prepare for firm Herzog & de Meuron’s next phase of work there.

Stay tuned for more updates on this site soon!

The plant’s open-air Unit 3 block and adjacent 300-foot-tall Boiler Stack (built 1965), like Station A are contributors to the Third Street Industrial Historic District and are being reimagined as a public gathering space. Heritage photo.

Tina Chang (Associate Capital) with Woody LaBounty and Heritage board member Katherine Petrine. Heritage photo.

A look towards the adjacent Pier 70 development from the top of Unit 3. Heritage photo.

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