St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Renovation

San Francisco, CA | Historic & Civic

Constructed in 1894, this San Francisco landmark survived the devastating earthquake of 1906, and the major quake in 1989 also left the unreinforced masonry building standing but caused the need for a seismic retrofit. The design solution introduces both center core reinforcing and “shotcrete” to stabilize the brick walls, and weaves a horizontal steel structure through the existing wood trusses to reinforce the roof. The building systems and life safety upgrades are not visible while historic interior finishes have been carefully restored to retain the church’s historic fabric.

Awards and Publications

California Heritage Council Award, 2008, California Preservation Foundation Design Award, 2007, Faith & Form, June 2009


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