Development Threatens Historic Power Plant Buildings

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Developer Associate Capital’s preferred plan for the 28-acre Potrero Power Station site, located along 23rd Street, calls for 19 new buildings and demolition of all the early-20th Century historic brick structures, three of which are individually eligible for the California Register of Historical Resources and contributors to the historic Third Street Industrial District. The San Francisco Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Commission and San Francisco Heritage are advocating for adaptive reuse of Power Station’s brick buildings, as reflected in approaches taken at Ghirardelli Square, Oriental Warehouse, and Pier 70. Development plans are scheduled for approval late this year. A petition to save these brick buildings is at Christopher’s Books.

Station A’s interior western wall.
The seldom-seen interiors of Station A, where Pacific Gas and Electric Company began 100 years ago, and whose operations supplied power to rebuild San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire. Photo: Henrik Kam
Interior of Station A. Photo: Henrik Kam
Station A seen from 23rd Street. Photo: Henrik Kam
View towards the Bay from Station A.