Client : Chestnut Partnership
Architect : MBH Architects
The Bauer Schweitzer facility was once a functioning brewery and malting plant on the fringes of the North Beach community of San Francisco. The site consisted of several large silos and warehouse buildings. The tower building has been designated a San Francisco Landmark.
Ceasing operation in 1981 its site and remaining structures were converted into luxury condominiums with parking underground. The main tower building has been restored and converted into housing, low-rise warehouse structures have been removed and replaced with new architecture creating a much-needed housing enclave of 88 units.
All residential units have a view of the interior courtyard with a water fountain. Two of the 65' high silos have been preserved in the courtyard and one of them serves as an entry into the tower building. Cast iron columns that once held malting vats were reused as light fixtures along the diagonal path. Existing WPA murals and other historic remnant artifacts have been restored and placed in the lobbies of the building.