San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco, California
United States

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 above Civic Center Plaza – taller than the US Capitol.

  • Architectural Lighting
  • Lighting Controls
  • Civic
  • Historic Renovation
  • IALD Award of Merit, 2001, IES IIDA Awards of Merit, 2001, Daylighting studies for restoration, Use of high efficiency metal halide sources, Supplemental lighting designed for existing historic fixtures, Special lighting systems and controls
  • Heller Manus Architects
    Levy Design Partners
    Komorous-Towey Architects
    FMG Architects
  • International Association of Lighting Designers Award of Merit
  • Jay Graham / Robert Canfield