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Old United States Mint (San Francisco)

San Francisco, California
County of San Francisco.
National Register Number: 66000231
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Government Building: Federal. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: CA-8 Certified Local Government: YES

Statement of Significance (as of designation - July 4, 1961):
Designed by Alfred B. Mullett, the Old United States Mint is an outstanding example of late Greek Revial Style of architecture. Constructed between 1869 and 1874, this Greek Revival building became one of the principal mints in the U.S. during the 19th century and chief Federal depository for gold and silver mined in the West. It is one of the few downtown buildings to survive the 1906 earthquake.

The General Services Administration transferred the Mint to the City of San Francisco. The building is in need of seismic retrofit and maintenance. The City is considering three reuse plans, but still needs to develop a plan for preservation and protection of the building. At the present time there are no City funds for the needed seismic work.

In 2003 and 2004, the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, to which the City of San Francisco will lease the Mint for 66 years, applied for a Save America's Treasures grant to remove infill in the courtyard of the building and restore the courtyard to it's original ground-floor level.

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