San Francisco Ferry Building

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Project Description

A welcoming beacon of light renews a treasured San Fransisco icon.

The facade lighting consists of uplighting to accentuate the pairs of Corinthian columns that form the five bays of the central entry pavilion, the pedestals for these columns and the arched windows that run the length of the building. This uplighting highlights the detail of the column capitals, reinforces the rhythm of the arched openings and provides nearly continuous illumination of the building’s entablature.

The tower is illuminated by roof mounted floodlights and uplights behind the columns at the top of the tower, creating silhouettes and highlighting the multiple cornice lines. Originally designed by A. Page Brown, San Francisco’s Ferry Building is a landmark at the foot of Market Street which withstood major earthquakes in 1906 and 1989 and has welcomed millions of ferry passengers to San Francisco.

Project Highlights

• Facade uplighting
• Restored central nave illumination
• Roof mounted floodlights


• Simon Martin-Vegue Winkelstein Moris
• BCV Architects


Project Background

100,000 square feet

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