Aronson Building Renovation

Client Westbrook Partners
Location San Francisco, CA
Status Under Construction

The 1903 Aronson Building is getting new life as residences and a home for the Mexican Museum.

The 10-story Aronson building was originally designed by San Francisco architecture firm Hemenway & Miller and built by Abraham Aronson in 1903. It survived both the 1906 earthquake & fire and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and stands today looking much as it did in 1906. It is significant for its design which is recognized as the most representative and elaborate design in the Chicago School style.

Working with Page & Turnbull, Handel Architects is renovating and restoring the building, converting levels two through four to space for the new Mexican Museum, and levels five through ten to loft residences. The ground level will house the residential lobby and retail space. The building's historic façade being is preserved and rehabilitated; the strong vertical expressions of brick and terracotta served as the design inspiration for the tower above.

The re-purposed Aronson building will help to maintain a pedestrian rhythm and scale along the sidewalk, and will help transition the scale of the new residential tower above.


Design Architect Architect of Record Interior Designer

Design Partner(s)

Historic Preservation Architect - Page & Turnbull