San Francisco, CA
Wind your way through the Ferry Building’s lunchtime crowds, and you’d have no idea that this nationally celebrated jewel was once an unused relic chocked off from the rest of San Francisco by a now-demolished double-decker freeway. Dubbed a generation earlier as “a famous city’s most famous landmark” by a columnist trying to rekindle enthusiasm for the 1898 beacon at the foot of Market Street, it had fallen into a state of disrepair until Wilson Meany was selected to rehabilitate it 1998.
People want to participate in authentic things. We know we’ve got it right when people tell us, ‘This isn’t a mall.
Developed pursuant to a 66-year ground lease, the Ferry Building represents an outstanding example of urban redevelopment through public/private partnership. The renovation included revitalization of the historic west façade, 245-foot clock tower and 660-foot Grand Nave; construction of a new east façade; and innovative Class A office space on the second and third floors. The creation of an artisan public market on the ground floor launched a renaissance of the San Francisco waterfront, making the Ferry Building one of the city’s premier destinations, attracting over one million visitors annually. Among its many honors, the Ferry Building was awarded the 2003 National Preservation Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the San Francisco Business Times 2002 Real Estate Deal of the Year.