Old Mint Restoration Project
Join a Community Workshop looking at the future and long-term transformation of the Old U.S. Mint!
Since 2016, the City and County of San Francisco and the California Historical Society have been working in partnership to transform the 1874 Old U.S. Mint, a National Historic Landmark, into a vibrant, sustainable place for history and culture for the residents of San Francisco, all Californians, and visitors alike.
During their planning process, CHS and the City are reaching out to you to imagine what the project vision for the Old U.S. Mint should include as it becomes a new cultural center and the new headquarters of the California Historical Society. At our upcoming Community Workshops we invite your bold ideas, questions, and creative input to reinvigorate this building which has been underutilized for 80 years.
Four Community Workshops are planned for the following dates:
Monday, November 13, 7:00–8:30 pm
The Old U.S. Mint
Monday, November 27, 4:00–5:30 pm
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
Saturday, December 2, 12 Noon–1:30 pm
Chinese Historical Society of America
Monday, December 11, 7:00–8:30 pm
San Francisco Public Library, Presidio Branch
About the Old Mint Restoration Project
In 2016, the City of San Francisco selected CHS as its lead partner to help assess the viability of restoring the Old US Mint and transforming the historic treasure into a center of history, culture, and learning. CHS is currently working with the City of San Francisco to determine the scope and scale of the project. The California State Library has awarded a $1M planning grant to CHS to support studies and exploratory activities related to the Old Mint Restoration Project.
CHS has already performed initial feasibility studies and the new funding marks an important milestone in helping advance the next phase of development strategy that will include conducting a capital campaign feasibility study, developing a full business and financial plan, market study and revenue analysis, and designing of a Community Cultural Commons among other priorities. Through an agreement with the City and CHS, the work will be conducted over the next two years with the result being a full reuse and rehabilitation proposal of the Old Mint that will be submitted to City policy-makers for review and approval, as needed.
In 1874, construction of the US Mint in San Francisco was complete and the building stood ready to serve a burgeoning state and local economy. As the only surviving financial institution of the 1906 earthquake, the Mint acted as the City’s central bank, receiving all federal relief funds and saving the City from economic chaos. It later served as an official repositories for the US gold reserves. The 100,000-square-foot building was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1961, and the federal government transferred the Old Mint to the City of San Francisco in 2003.
About the California Historical Society
Founded in 1871, the California Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to make California’s richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives – and to promote a more just and informed future. CHS enacts its mission with a wide range of library, exhibition, publication, education, and public outreach programs that explore the complex and continuing history of the State.
About the Office of Economic and Workforce Development
The Ofﬁce of Economic and Workforce Development’s (OEWD), under direction of Mayor Lee, provides city-wide leadership for workforce development, business attraction and retention, neighborhood commercial revitalization, international business and development planning. OEWD’s programs are responsible for strengthening San Francisco’s many diverse neighborhoods and commercial corridors.