SF Library Renovations from Concept to Constructed


This year, several San Francisco libraries have been remodeled to bring these community centers into the digital age. The Bureau of Architecture completed the Merced branch last month and collaborated with architects from Field Paoli and Joseph Chow to complete the Presidio branch that re-opened in March. With updates to technology, foundation, and LEED certification, our neighborhoods are now sporting some shiny new libraries.

Merced Renovation

The Merced branch is a mid-century modern gem. The noticeable changes include an expansion of the front entrance and children’s reading room. The branch is now LEED Silver qualified, and other sustainable features include use of renewable bamboo and cork. 

Renderings courtesy of Department of Public Works

The typography on the library sign is reminiscent of Neutra house numbers. It’s a nice nod to a modernist design star!

The Poul Henningson Artichoke Pendant Light, originally designed in 1952, is a stunning addition in its mid-century-modern setting.

Images courtesy of Department of Public Works

The Merced Branch is located at 155 Winston Dr.


Presidio Renovation

Quite the opposite of the Merced remodel, the Presidio branch is grand and traditional, much like the neighborhood it is set in. The building was gutted and replaced with a more efficient space plan, retrofitted technical systems, and now qualifies for LEED Silver. The architects are hoping to reach LEED Gold. 

This beautiful drawing closely resembles the final result!

Rendering and images courtesy of Field Paoli. 

The Presidio branch is located at 3150 Sacramento St.


To learn more about the SFPL renovations, visit the Branch Library Improvement Program website.

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