In the reconstruction following the devastation sustained during the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, city officials developed a plan to unite government services in one central location in the heart of San Franciscos Civic Center. The seventh and final piece comprising the Civic Center was the Second Renaissance Revival style federal building designed by Arthur Brown, Jr. and completed in 1936. The federal building was renamed 50 United Nations Plaza in 1975; the entire Civic Center entity was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
The renovation of one of San Franciscos iconic federal buildings embodies an ambitious agenda for the treatment of historical facilities, a strong expression of sustainability and modern space planning for future work styles. The Federal Building at 50 United Nations Plaza delicately balances historical preservation with a modern, sustainable and resource-conscious retrofit.