Exterior image of First Baptist Church

1910 Church restoration

Hayes Valley, San Francisco CA

Harvey Hacker Architects

First Baptist Church, at Waller and Octavia Streets, was built in 1910 with John D Rockefeller’s donation.  We led an architect-engineer-contractor team in the building’s seismic reinforcement, striving to complete a project that would look as if we had never been there.  Central flight of a triple entry stair was removed for an elevator—recessed six feet from the façade to preserve the deeply shadowed entry porch—which serves elevated sanctuary and basement social hall.  (Photo: David Wakely)