San Francisco City Hall

  • San Francisco City Hall, front
  • San Francisco City Hall, rear
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  • SF City Hall_4
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Project Description

A city landmark ignites the heart of San Francisco.

The renovation of San Francisco’s 1915 Beaux Art masterpiece included new lighting systems for all public and tenant areas as well as exterior façade lighting. Indirect lighting was provided for offices using high color rendering compact fluorescent sources for energy efficiency and long lamp life. The new pendants design was based on documentation of original historic fixtures. These fixtures provide comfortable and uniform light levels consistent with standards of modern office occupancy. Historic fixtures throughout public areas were refurbished and restored.

The landmark building was illuminated with high efficiency metal halide sources including color corrected metal halide on the lower rotunda, upper rotunda and lantern. Higher wattage standard metal halide sources were used for lighting the refurbished lead and copper dome that rises 307 feet tall above Civic Center Plaza – taller than the US Capitol.

Project Highlights

• Daylighting studies for restoration
• Use of high efficiency metal halide sources
• Supplemental lighting designed for existing historic fixtures
• Special lighting systems & controls


• Heller Manus Architects
• Levy Design Partners
• Komorous-Towey Architects
• FMG Architects



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