Restoration Hardware (NYSE:RH) has announced it will open a new location at historic Pier 70 on San Francisco's waterfront.
The Port has partnered with Pier 70 to rehabilitate the historic core, which includes eight buildings dating from 1885 that once served as the West Coast headquarters for Union Ironworks and later, Bethlehem Steel. Pier 70 is expected to open to the public in 2017.
RH San Francisco, The Gallery at the Historic Bethlehem Steel Building will be located at Illinois and 20th Streets. The structure, designed by local architect Frederick H. Meyer in the Classical Revival style, will be restored to its original glory in honor of the building's history, cultural significance and place in the San Francisco landscape.
The luxury furniture store will span five floors and 60,000 sq. ft. The new lifestyle experience will showcase never-before-seen furniture collections in a gallery setting, including a large representation of the brand's latest concept, RH Modern.
"With great admiration and respect for its architectural heritage, we could not be more honored to reestablish this historic landmark's relevance," says RH Chairman and CEO Gary Friedman. "This is a rare opportunity to help render the whole neighborhood more valuable, reenergizing our surroundings and creating a lasting gift to our hometown."
Friedman will collaborate with design architect James Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger. The two have restored other landmark buildings, including the former Museum of Natural History in Boston's Back Bay, the historic Three Arts Club in Chicago's Gold Coast and the historic post office in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Once completed, the project will reintegrate seven acres of once-derelict buildings into the Dogpatch neighborhood and invite the general public into the historic core of the former shipyard for the first time since the late 1800s.
-See this Restoration Hardware press release
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