Designed by noted art deco architect Timothy Pflueger in 1925, 140 New Montgomery was a daring structure, one of the tallest skyscrapers on the West Coast at the time of its construction. Originally home to the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company, this 26-story terra cotta and granite building includes a richly detailed historic facade and dramatic lobby and stands as one of the most iconic structures in downtown San Francisco. Wilson Meany, LLC and Stockbridge Capital Group purchased 140 New Montgomery in 2007. They then engaged Perkins+Will to revitalize the building, restore it to its former grandeur and position the building as a state-of-the-art contemporary office building.
Our preservation strategy incorporates contemporary details and systems while highlighting the building’s unique character and preserving key spaces. Along with the repair and renovation of the building’s signature lobby, we transformed the former service courtyard behind the building into a lushly planted sculpture garden and dining area for two high-end restaurants that will occupy the ground floor retail spaces. Further amenities include extensive employee bike parking and showers, a restored historic central stair for tenant circulation, and the re-use of historic wood doors throughout the building. The new garden and outdoor dining areas, community-serving retail along the street frontages, and new exterior entries and lighting provide a visible and welcoming presence both night and day, on the street, in the neighborhood, and in the city.
The centerpiece of the renovation is the development of a highly flexible office floor plan. By reworking the building cores, reducing the number of elevators by providing destination control, and maintaining the historic central stair, we have maximized access to light, air, and views and provided flexibility for a variety of office layouts. Building system upgrades, developed in close collaboration with the client and contractor, include an innovative seismic strengthening scheme, contemporary life-safety systems, highly efficient, sustainable mechanical systems, and new high performance operable windows. The building was a telecommunications marvel upon its completion in 1925. Today 140 New Montgomery celebrates "The Art of Work" and 21st Century technology, and has become a highly sought-after address for visionary tenants seeking flexible, efficient and innovative work spaces in a beautiful legacy building.