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Perkins+Will Revitalizes San Francisco’s Iconic Art Deco Skyscraper

Design Incorporates Modern Amenities into 140 New Montgomery

The San Francisco office of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will announces the revitalization of 140 New Montgomery, San Francisco’s iconic Art Deco high-rise. Constructed in 1925, 140 New Montgomery was one of the tallest skyscrapers on the West Coast at the time of its construction. The building was home to the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company for 80 years until Wilson Meany, LLC purchased the building and engaged Perkins+Will to help create the premier business address in the city to drive innovation.

“We are humbled to be a part of this historic and important project,” said Cathy Simon, AIA, LEED AP, Principal for Perkins+Will. “It has been an honor to work on the revitalization of one of San Francisco’s most celebrated buildings. The building has a great story and we are excited to introduce new design elements while honoring the rich history and architectural detail of this landmark.”

Along with the preservation and repair of the building’s signature lobby, a key sign of the building’s new life is the transformation of the former service courtyard into a sculpture garden and dining area for two high-end restaurants. 140 New Montgomery was a telecommunications marvel upon its completion in 1925, and the revitalization continues that tradition with all of the mechanical, electric, plumbing and life safety systems upgraded and designed with flexibility and efficiency in mind.

Sustainability was a key focus of the project and the project achieved LEED Gold-certification. The original windows were replaced with high efficiency versions, preserving the building’s historic integrity and retaining operability as well as providing tenants access to natural ventilation and extensive daylighting.

“We have a long history with Perkins+Will’s San Francisco team, including its leadership in the renovation of the Ferry Building,” said Chris Meany, managing partner of Wilson Meany, LLC. “With the opportunity to re-craft 140 for today’s leading businesses, we wanted to partner again with this accomplished team. Perkins+Will provided exceptional skill and creativity in fully modernizing the building while maintaining its historic quality.”

To learn more about the project, read an extensive 26-part history in The Atlantic and listen to the National Public Radio (NPR) interview Cathy Simon.

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