Led by Jerome Buttrick, AIA, Principal Architect, Buttrick Projects A+D and Ivor Brown, Project Architect, Buttrick Projects A+D, take an exclusive tour of the four rehabilitated 1907 historic cottages. The architects will recount details and exciting stories regarding the 5+ year planning process and the 4+ year construction project. Built by William Bush to provide modest rental housing in the year following the 1906 earthquake, the four Filbert Cottages at 1338 Filbert Street have provided a home to many residents, including, in the 1950’s, the School of Basic Design and Color run by Marian Hartwell, the second owner of the property.
Subdivided into as many as 10 apartments at one point, the cottages had fallen into disrepair by 2000. The revived Filbert Cottages combine the charm of a simpler time with technically up to date, contemporary details and architecture. Despite their unusually understated nature, they collectively speak assertively to the merits of reusing and rehabilitating overlooked and underused resources.
Note: Please wear comfortable shoes; tour consists of steep terrain.
Exclusive Tour: 
Inside the Filbert Street Cottages
September 8, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

1338 Filbert Street

AIA Member: $30|General: $40 


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Southeast Plant Tour:
The Invisible Network
Beneath Our City
September 9, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
750 Phelps Street

General Admission: $5

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The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission offers free tours of the Southeast Plant to San Francisco residents. Purchase of this ticket supports the Architecture +

the City Festival.

Did you know that San Francisco’s largest wastewater treatment plant is located in the Bayview? Did you know that an invisible network of 1000+ pipes carries 80% of San Francisco’s sewer and stormwater to this unique location in the Bayview? San Francisco's Southeast Treatment Plant (SEP) is an inner-city facility, owned and managed by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and about to undergo
operational improvements and upgrades worth $2 billion as part of the $6.9 billion Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP). Take a walk through the treatment plant to understand the basic concepts behind San Francisco’s combined sewer system and become aware of the planned technological improvements that will transform this facility into a state of the art resource recovery campus.
Note: Please wear the proper clothing or you will not be able to take part in the tour.  Please be sure that anyone over the age of 18 brings a current ID, Driver’s License or Passport with them. In addition, we recommend that you review the Tour Policy, especially the information on proper clothing to wear for the tour:
  • No open toe shoes· Socks must be worn
  • No sandals or Flip flops.
  • No shorts or short skirts please.
  • No sleeveless shirts
  • No pets
The Southeast Plant is located at 750 Phelps Street.  The entrance is located on Phelps Street.  Remember, ALL tour participants must be at least 10 years old to tour the plant. Click for directions to the plant.

Hunters Point Shoreline Tour : From Forbidden Industrial Site

to Community Hub
September 9, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Meeting Point: Parking lot of Heron’s Head Park (located at the foot of Cargo Way at Jennings Street)

General Admission: $5

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The PG&E Hunters Point Site is a multi-faceted property located in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco, which is in the midst of a complex, multi-year transformation. The former site of the Hunters Point Power Plant, which was closed in 2006, this land was for decades a forbidden industrial zone. Since 2013, envelope A+D, in collaboration with RHAA and Studio O, have led an innovative planning process that uses interim uses to cultivate a deeper, ongoing dialogue with the community about the site’s future development. This process was integral to the design of the Hunters Point Shoreline, a new public access improvement along more than a quarter-mile of bay edge. Visitors to this new space experience a sense of immersion in the landscape, as well as the site’s layered histories. As they move from sculpted hardscapes with native plantings to open meadows, an overlay of didactic elements—text and graphics embedded within the park’s concrete walls, pathways and benches—will reveal the community voices and events that define site’s legacy. The tour will be led by members of the design team and representatives of PG&E. 


Meeting Point: Parking lot of Heron’s Head Park (located at the foot of Cargo Way at Jennings Street). From there it’s a short, easy walk to the project and guests can park at Heron’s Head.

Veiled in Plain Sight: History of Masonic Architecture in
San Francisco 

September 14, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Mission Lodge No.169, 2668 Mission Street

(IMPORTANT NOTE: this does NOT take place at  The Grand Lodge, 1111 California Street as was mistakenly noted in the print guide)

AIA Member: $15 | General: $25

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Masonry has been an integral part of San Francisco for more than 150 years. During the Gold Rush of 1849, thousands of settlers came in search of fortune. Many of these men were Masons and brought with them Masonic values and traditions. Within 10 years, the number of Masonic lodges in the new Californian state had grown from 11 to 130, while San Francisco evolved to become its nucleus. Over the years, the Masons have played a key role in shaping the history of the City. Kevin Hackett, Principal Architect at Siol and Master Mason at Mission Lodge No. 169, will give a guided tour of this local Masonic Blue Lodge and will follow up with a lecture discussing the legacy of Masonic Architecture in the City.
SFAI Campus at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture 

September 29, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Herbst Pavilion, 2 Marina Boulevard

AIA Member: $15 | General: $25

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The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) has transformed a historic pier shed at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture into a 67,000-square-foot hub for artist studios and public engagement. Opening for Fall 2017, this new waterfront campus complements SFAI’s iconic Chestnut Street campus in nearby Russian Hill, combining extraordinary studio facilities for working artists with exhibition and presentation spaces that invite intimate experiences with the creative process. Take an exclusive architectural tour with Ryan Jang, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and Heather Hickman Holland, Associate Vice President for Operations & Facilities for the San Francisco Art Institute, to go in-depth on the building’s restoration and transformation — conducted in partnership with the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and State Historic Preservation Office — which includes a new mezzanine level, integrated sustainable building systems, and the largest solar panel array on any National Park Service building.