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Geneva Car Barn & Powerhouse

CompanyAidlin Darling Design
Lead DesignersJoshua Aidlin
Design TeamRoslyn Cole, Project Manager; Kent Chiang, Project Designer; Mason Hayes, Designer
Project LocationSan Francisco, California
ClientSan Francisco Recreation and Parks Department
CreditsMatthew Millman Photography
Prize(s)Silver in Architecture Categories / Renovation
Entry Description

Built in 1901 as the home of the San Francisco’s first electric railway, this building is the one of the last physical reminders of the system. In 2009, an effort began to adaptively reuse the building as a community cultural and education center that will provide training for underprivileged youth in arts-related fields. The Car Barn will house classroom spaces, a black box theater, and a restaurant. The Powerhouse will provide a 300-person event and performance space. Throughout the space, the design focuses on deftly inserting new interventions while revealing accrued layers of history.