San Francisco’s Ferry Building is returning to its old ‘gray’ self


From KTVU:

The San Francisco Ferry Building, a 120-year-old historic landmark, is about to get a serious makeover.

The most noticeable difference for locals will be the change in colour – or rather, the reverting of its colour back to how it used to look before the sandstone was damaged. Drew Gordon, senior vice president at Hudson Pacific Properties, explained the plans.

The distinct color is called “Ferry Building Gray,” by Hudson Pacific Properties. The Ferry Building opened in 1898. The architect, A.P. Brown wanted the building to represent local colors, Gordon explained. 

“He found a sandstone in Colusa County, which adorns the façade currently. The story gets really interesting. In the ‘70s, there was some damage on the building that had to be repaired,” Gordon said. 

He said the owners at the time brought on a firm to make the repairs. When they applied the material to the building, it became discolored. The restoration work done to the building at that time is irreversible. 

“Because sandstone is very porous, you could not reverse that action. The only way to adorn it was to paint it. The Port of San Francisco worked with local heritage groups. We found an old piece of the sandstone itself that had not been discolored.” 

I love the Ferry Building, which is of course about a lot more than just ferries. Local businesses are able to have a space inside to cater to throngs of tourists and locals. Pleased to see it getting some love.