Is placing a modern new structure on top of a historical base a new trend? Earlier this week, we showed you the renderings of Stanley Saitowitz's glassy tower set on top of an older Polk Street building. Now, a proposal has surfaced for a 105-room hotel that would sit atop an Art Deco parking garage in SoMa. Preliminary plans have been submitted to create a six-story hotel out of what is now a single-story garage at 224 Townsend Street. The garage was built in 1935 and would still be most prominent visually, given that the new part of the building would be set back 21 feet from the street.
Michael Stanton of Stanton Architecture is behind the preliminary plans, but he told Hoodline, "The potential project is in very early stages of feasibility analysis and there is a strong likelihood that it will not proceed." If it does, it would join other projects from Stanton like Hotel Zetta and upgrades to the Palomar Hotel. It would also sit in a prime location within easy walking distance to the ballpark, Caltrain, and the start of the Embarcadero.
· Eye-Popping Plans Released for Saitowitz-Designed Rentals [Curbed SF]
· Art Deco Parking Garage on Townsend Could Become Boutique Hotel [Hoodline]
· 224 Townsend PPA [SF Planning]