1965 Market Street

San Francisco CA | Design Complete 

1965 Market Street will bring 96 new homes to the Upper Market area and serve as a distinctive, welcoming gateway to the historic Castro neighborhood.

Part of the residential zoning in the Market-Octavia Plan, this new building will incorporate and bolster the historic existing building on the corner of Market Street and Duboce Avenue and add new housing as well.

The development is a composition of three united but distinct forms: the existing historic building and towers, an 8-story building on the current parking lot, and a 7-story portion that steps back and complements the existing building with a simple and subtly curving façade.

Along Duboce, three glazed window bays create a visual rhythm and serve as towering “lanterns” for the neighborhood.  Below the prominent bays, double-height entry stoops and residential entries enliven the streetscape and provide access to the excellent public transit along Market. The ground floor is further activated by the retained and improved retail and restaurant spaces in the existing historic building.

The building’s compact shape and ideal north-south exposure optimize solar gain and bring in extensive daylight. The 85' height at Duboce complements the heights of neighboring Linea and 38 Dolores.

The design honors the past and looks to the future, providing dense and appealing housing at the important juncture of Market Street and Duboce Avenue.

1965 Market Street was originally designed and built as a mortuary and funerary chapel by San Francisco architect Walter C. Falch. Designed in a Spanish Colonial/Mission Revival architectural style, the original building was completed in 1924, and underwent a third-floor addition in 1933. The site served as the Gantner Brothers’ Funeral Home through the 1970s, and the mortuary provided many services for early victims of HIV/AIDS. In 1981, Atlas Savings & Loan Association—the first financial institution established by a partnership of gays and lesbians in the United States—moved into the building, remaining on site until 1985. The site therefore embodies cultural significance for the Castro neighborhood, as well as historical architectural import.

Project Details

Project Number


1965 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
United States

Design Complete

Number of Units
1 Bedroom
2 Bedroom

Total 96

Density Ratios
102,744 sf
16,778 sf
Units per Acre

8 Stories


Keller Grover Properties
Design Architect
David Baker Architects