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Renovations at the Old Jessica McClintock HQ Are Off Like a Prom Dress

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Renderings via Steelblue
On Friday the development team that bought the former Jessica McClintock headquarters at Showplace Square kicked off renovations on the 1938 Art Deco complex at 1400 16th Street. The design—led by Pfau Long Architects for developers SKS Partners, ProspectHill Group, and ASB Real Estate Investments—will transform the 103,000-square-foot property into a new hub for light manufacturing and offices. There's no tenant on board yet to take over the space vacated by the prom-dress designer. But the developers say the site will be suitable for local makers, with a ground floor geared toward prototyping, chemical labs, media production, or distribution where (in our imagination at least!) rows upon rows of taffeta and tulle once sat awaiting their moment under the nation's disco balls. The second floor will be slated for offices.
Pfau Long's renovation will introduce seismic upgrades, and, most notably, open up the building with a new central atrium dubbed the Commons. An operable greenhouse roof will bring natural light down to cavernous production spaces once dotted with just a few skylights. The renderings show plenty of reclaimed wood to go around, which should help eradicate any lingering flashbacks involving shopping-mall fitting rooms.

According to the property's website, the developers are hoping to find tenants to move in this summer.

Additional renderings of the complex, via Steelblue.

· New Manufacturing Center Planned for Huge Art Deco Warehouse Complex in SF's Showplace Square [SF Business Times]
· Off Like a Prom Dress [Curbed SF]
· 1400 16th St [Official Site]