Designed by the Reid Brothers (who also designed the Fremont Hotel and the Cliff House), the 1901 building served as a depot for the San Mateo Railroad, and then later for all San Francisco’s rail lines. In 1985, the Car Barn was declared a San Francisco city landmark. Heavily damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, it was left to deteriorate. In 1998, the Car Barn faced demolition, which galvanized the community, who convinced Mayor Willie Brown to save the building.
Ownership was transferred to the Department of Recreation and Parks in early 2004. In 2006, the Department completed a seismic retrofit to the structure which addresses some of the major concerns with the stability of the building. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Targeted Brownfields Assistance was used on the Geneva Car Barn in 2012-13. Most recently, The Friends of Geneva Car Barn have organized and are moving forward with a strategic plan that will address new programming and capital improvements.
The rehabilitation of the Car Barn includes a seismic upgrade, the installation of modern utility systems, restoration of the historic features of the building, new circulation systems to accommodate ADA access and the creation of new studio and exhibition spaces, community meeting rooms, classrooms, a cafe, auditorium/concert hall/event space, a theater, a gallery and a history center for the interpretation of the building’s history.
Beautiful weather means construction is moving along smoothly at the Car Barn.
We are still moving through construction at the Geneva Car Barn. We have been removing paint and graffiti from the brick walls inside the powerhouse. Take a look for a comparison of two walls, one before and one after!
Construction is underway at the Geneva Car Barn! The lead project team of Rec and Park, Aidlin Darling Design, Department of Public Works and Roebuck Construction is currently conducting hazardous abatement of the building. We will update with pictures and progress as we begin the retrofitting process. Thank you and … Continue reading
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the groundbreaking of the $14 million Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse renovation. The Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse (also known as the Car Barn) will become the latest addition of recreation space in Excelsior neighborhood. A groundbreaking ceremony … Continue reading
The Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse Project’s Conditional Use and Variance hearing is scheduled for the Planning Commission on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 12 noon, at City Hall, Room 400.
Phase 1 of scope of work includes the Powerhouse portion of the Geneva Car Barn complex: repair/restoration of the historic brick and concrete siding; repair/restoration of the historic (wood) windows; introduction of contemporary entry doors at the primary (west) façade; roof replacement of non-historic roof; at roof, restoration of the … Continue reading
Design Development for the Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse is complete and will be presented to two City agencies in the next month. Meeting information is the following: Civic Design Review The exterior of the building, including streetscape improvements and landscaping, will be presented to the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Civic Design Review Committee for … Continue reading