950 Gough & St. Paulus Lutheran Church

Client Maracor Development, St. Paulus Lutheran Church
Location San Francisco, CA
Status Completed in 2022

950 Gough & St. Paulus Lutheran Church creates a dynamic new building with both residential and church uses.

950 Gough & St. Paulus Lutheran Church is a new mixed-use residential building and worship space in San Francisco's Cathedral Hill neighborhood. The church replaces the St. Paulus Lutheran Church, which occupied the site previously and was destroyed by fire in 1995.

The two primary uses - residential and worship space - are visually distinct, despite being physically interlocked with one another. The church holds the corner at Eddy and Gough, where worshipers enter and step down into the main institutional space. This corner is marked by a composition of upward angles, and a singular entrance marker reaches skyward and defines the building.

The 95-unit residential building is expressed in a folding pattern along Eddy Street, with oversized windows set into a dark gray precast concrete. Along Gough, above the sanctuary space, the precast is expressed in a lighter tone, and the window pattern is repeated. A roof terrace is created atop the lower volume, and a courtyard provides light and air to the rear units.

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Design Architect Architect of Record Interior Designer

Photography & Visualizations

Scott Hargis NQS Creative