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Commonwealth Club Setting Down Roots

The Commonwealth Club has been in San Francisco for nearly 110 years, but have just now bought their own building. The civic organization has purchased 110 the Embarcadero for $5.5 million, and plans to rehab the space to include multiple auditoriums and meeting spaces, club offices, reception spaces, a members café and roof deck and sky garden. An additional $5.5 million to $6 million would be spent on refurbishing the building. The club, which was founded in 1903 and hosts debates and lectures, recently has been located within a shared building at 595 Market. If you remember, 110 Embarcadero was once a Hines proposal for a new "hanging garden" Pelli Clarke Pelli 123-foot tall office building, but that got shot down by preservationists who said the former home of Local 38-79 of the International Longshoremen's Association was historic. [SF Business Times/previously on Curbed SF]