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In-Fill-more: invest in underserved communities, fill underutilized infrastructure, and make more affordable housing in the Fillmore District of San Francisco, California.
The Fillmore District, a once vibrant African American stronghold buzzing with business and jazz, has since been left forgotten. Ever since the area was declared a blight in the late 1940s, public officials vowed to clean up the neighborhood and bring back the vibrancy. The city of San Francisco, however, has fumbled all attempts to invest in the neighborhood, and the derelict Fillmore Substation is a prominent example of the city’s abandonment of all efforts. Even though it was declared a landmark in the 1970s, the Substation has been left unoccupied for over a decade.
The transformation of the Fillmore Substation creates 24 affordable residential units on the corner of a major transit corridor. The upper residential addition is clad in white metal panels for durability. Double hung windows with undulating brick accents allude to the existing brick façade bellow. The historic substation, once home to numerous electric transformers serving the old railroad line, now supports local art, music, and performances. The back of the substation opens to underground public and private parking, taking cars off the street¬. The exposed south façade provides a canvas for local artwork and enhances the experience at the neighboring park.
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