San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building

San Francisco, CA

Market: Cultural


City and County of San Francisco




2017 Reconstruction Silver Award, BD+C
2016 Renovation Award of Merit, ENR California
2016 Reconstruction Bronze Award, BD+C
2016 Project of the Year, Historical Restoration/Preservation More Than $75M, APWA Northern California
2016 Preservation Design Award, California Preservation Foundation
2016 Outstanding Historical Renovation Project, American Society of Civil Engineers Region 9
2016 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award, Renovation/Rehabilitation, National Council of Structural Engineers Associations
2016 Design Award, Historic Preservation Special Commendation, American Institute of Architects San Francisco
2016 Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation, Structural Engineers Association of Northern California
San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building
San Francisco War Memorial Opera House Herbst Theater
San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building

The San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building and adjacent Opera House are aesthetically-similar, Beaux-Arts structures commemorating U.S. veterans of World War I. The Veterans Building provides office and meeting space for veterans organizations and houses the 916-seat Herbst Theater. The theater, a cornerstone of San Francisco’s performing arts scene, showcases several hundred performances each year. In 1945, the Veterans Building and Opera House hosted ceremonies surrounding the signing of the United Nations Charter, and together, the two buildings are important contributors to the San Francisco Civic Center National Historic District.