David Baker Architects

San Francisco Bar Pilots

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The double-height reception area leads to the mezzanine meeting room.

The Station House as seen from the Bay, with the landmark TransAmerica Pyramid in the background.

Located on the edge of San Francisco's downtown at the end of Pier 9, the Bar Pilots Station House is surrounded on three sides by water and has a 180-degree view of the Bay.

Retaining the existing circa 1932 industrial shed, the refurbished Station House was conceived of as a building within a building. Maintaining and exposing the restored elements—concrete walls, corrugated galvanized steel panels, steel trusses, and steel sash windows—was integral to the design.

The upstairs meeting room looks out to the Bay Bridge through the original 1930s-era arched window.

Front elevation.

The Bar Pilots guide ships in and out of the Golden Gate. These headquarters includes dispatch and chart rooms, offices and meeting rooms, as well as mooring and maintenance facilities for five pilot boats. And as the pilots are on duty for seven days at a stretch, kitchen and dining facilities, bunk rooms, a gym with locker and steam rooms, a library, and recreation areas were included.


Design Excellence Award—Renovation/Rehabilitation
American Society of Interior Designers
Award of Merit for Residential Design Excellence
Interior Architecture Awards, San Francisco Chapter, American Institute of Architects

project details


Adaptive Re-Use, All Projects, Offices, San Francisco


San Francisco, California


David Baker Architects



project data
San Francisco Bar Pilot's Headquarters
Pier 9
San Francisco, California
Completed 1992
density ratios
project sf 19,560
site sf 19,560
acres 0.4
f.a.r. 1