San Francisco's Completed 'City Beautiful' Waterfront

Construction Begins on Civic Finger Piers 1, 1½, 3 and 5 (1918 – 1928) — [6 Images]

Construction begins on civic finger Piers 1, 1½, 3 and 5, at the heart of the San Francisco waterfront north of the Ferry Building.

The construction of these finger piers spanned over a decade and was led by Chief Engineer of the State Harbor Commission, Frank G. White. Pier 1 opened in 1931. Unlike the piers to the south of the Ferry Building, the piers to the north were built in the Beaux-Arts architectural style, similar to New York City’s Cunard Line and White Star Line Piers (of Titanic fame), designed by Warren and Wetmore, architects of New York’s Grand Central Station.

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Panoramic View of Waterfront Construction

Pier 1 Completed — [4 Images]

Pier 1 is built. The concrete platform, supported by concrete beams and a 10’x10’ grid of concrete-jacketed wood piles, extends 703 feet into the Bay to the east behind the bulkhead building. The Pier is connected to a system of marginal wharves and sea walls upon which the bulkhead building rests—in other words, the bulkhead building was built principally on the land, while the pier platform and shed were built over the water on tall Douglas fir piles. The pier shed building, an elegant steel frame and concrete structure, was designed for the loading and unloading of ships. The open aprons on both the north and southern sides accommodated cargo loading and transport. Neither the bulkhead building, the pier platform nor the pier shed were laterally braced, and seismically could not meet contemporary building codes.

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Ships Docking at Civic Piers early 20th Century

Changes to the North Apron

Various changes were made to the North Apron. In four areas small inlets, which permitted small ships to dock inside the pier shed, were filled in, and six of the original …

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Pier 1 Cross Section

Study of Existing Conditions at Pier 1 — [2 Images]

Prologis and SMWM/Perkins+Will (the wining design team) work to understand the existing conditions at Pier 1 including the exterior building envelope, seismic conditions and existing underwater structural conditions. Via the discovery of poor seismic conditions, and the need to redo underwater structure, the design team decides not to add parking as part of the pier development.

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SMWM Pier 1 Architectural Site Model

Specific Design Studies at Pier 1 Conclude — [15 Images]

These studies included the expansion of public access as required by the Bay Expansion and Development Commission, fenestration and sustainability (heating and cooling) studies.

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Pier 1 during Construction

Seismic Upgrades and Construction — [30 Images]

Piles and pile caps are put into place, and construction begins.

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Mezzanine Added

Mezzanine section is added to the Pier 1 workplace.

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