David Baker Architects

Fillmore Park

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North elevation. Image: Bruce Damonte

Ipe entryway. Image: Bruce Damonte

An affordable community for working individuals and families, Fillmore Park brings 32 modern homes for first-time homebuyers to the heart of San Francisco. Flats and townhouses with private patios ring a landscaped courtyard, creating a quiet neighborhood a block from the bustling Fillmore District. 

This development was the final project of the now-defunct San Francisco Redevelopment Agency's Limited Equity Program, which sought to increase affordable homeownership opportunities for San Franciscans.

The units were made available specifically to working families and individuals earning between 70 and 100% of Area Medium Income, with priority given to residents previously displaced from housing in the immediate neighborhood. 


Courtyard. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

A flash of copper on the bay at the corner catches the eye and leads to the warm wooden entry of this new community. While the development is primarily built of durable, recycled content, and low-cost materials, these rich highlights bring texture and luxury to the façade.

The entry façade is visually open to the neighborhood, but set back and above the streetscape upon the parking podium to mitigate noise and increase privacy for residents. Flats and townhouses have views out toward the larger neighborhood yet are oriented toward the shared landscaped courtyard and arranged to create a sense of neighborliness and community.

Townhouse mews. Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

Image: Bruce Damonte

The shape of the central planter was inspired by Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain’s left-handed Fender Mustang and Jaguar guitars.

The vegetation for the project is based on ecological banding: The rear garden feeds butterflies, the mews creates seeds for songbirds, the central courtyard is planted with aloes that make nectar for hummingbirds, and the streetscape has night-blooming species that support moths.

Though most of the materials are modest, primarily Hardie siding, we sheathed one bay in copper.

Computer generated aerial of final design.

Perspective view looking west down Turk Street.

Rendering of the main courtyard space.

The "guitar pick" planter designed by our landscape architect David Fletcher. Cahill Contractors is doing a great job on the curved concrete forms.

The second level residential plan.

The site and ground level plan.

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RADA Merit Award—Affordable Housing
Residential Architect Magazine

project details


2012 in Review, Affordable Housing, All Projects, Current Work, Green, San Francisco, Townhouses


San Francisco, California




David Baker Architects

General Contractor

Cahill Contractors

Landscape Architect

Fletcher Studio

Structural Engineer

Structural Design Engineers

Electrical Engineer

Bhatia Associates

Lighting Designer

Horton Lees Brogden

Mechanical Engineer

Raymond Brooks Engineering

Acoustical Engineer

Wilson Ihrig + Associates

Civil Engineer

Telamon Engineering Consultants



project data
1345 Turk Street
San Francisco, California
December 2013
number of units
1 bedroom 7
2 bedroom 17
3 bedroom 8
total 32
retail sf  
density ratios
project sf 44,976
site sf 26,708
acres 0.61
total bedrooms 65
bedrooms/acre 106
units/acre 52
total 24
spaces/unit 0.75