Union Sponsored Affordable Housing in San Francisco:
St. Francis Square Cooperative - Tour
Walking tour and history discussion of St. Francis Square Cooperative, 299 affordable 1,2,3 bedroom units with patio or balcony, sponsored by the Longshore and Warehouseman’s Union (ILWU) in 1963. This complex created a new community that mitigated some of the destructive displacement effects of the Western Addition Redevelopment. The buildings and landscaping were designed by renowned architects Robert Marquis, Claude Stoller and Lawrence Halprin. The Square is still home to a number of union leaders, although now evolved to a market rate co-op. Residents and board members Norm Young and Nan Park, will be tour guides. Carol Cuenod, historian of the Square will share vintage photos.
Note: You can learn more about the St. Francis Square Co-op by visiting the San Francisco Main Library, which is hosting the photo exhibit: “St. Francis Square: Fifty Years of Cooperative Living” in the San Francisco History Room, located on the 6th Floor. Photos and memorabilia showing the history and development of the Square; interviews with many original, long-time residents and recent residents.
See also: http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1016884001 http://www.laborfest.net/2014/2014schedule.htm