Special Event at the Ritz-Carlton Club & Residences with Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6:00pm
LOCATION: 690 Market St, San Francisco

Please join the ICAA for a special event

With Charles F. Bloszies, FAIA

Thursday, June 8th, 2017
The Ritz-Carlton Club & Residences
690 Market St, San Francisco

6:00pm ~ Reception with Charles Krug Winery
6:30pm ~ Illustrated Lecture
$40 per person


Originally designed by famed Chicago architects Burnham & Root for Michael DeYoung, the original Chronicle Building was the first skyscraper in San Francisco, and when erected in 1982, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. In the early 1960s the building was jacketed with a metal "slip-cover" concealing its rich past. In 2004, the Ritz-Carlton Company and a local San Francisco developer formed a joint venture to restore this landmark building.

Heavily damaged by installation of the metal "slip-cover" cladding, an addition was proposed to justify the cost of restoring the original façade. It was designed as modern, an architecturally quiet "new", and intended to complement the Romanesque Revival "old" with eight additional stories layered back from the original building. The project was an enormous technical challenge given its location at one of San Francisco's busiest intersections. The original cast iron columns were strengthened with reinforced concrete jackets and an entirely new foundation system was constructed. Reinforced concrete underpinnings were inserted below load bearing columns, arches, and walls following a sophisticated installation sequence, with elaborately designed shoring to hold up the heavy brick masonry walls while floors were strengthened and the new tower was erected. The project was completed in 2008.

Please join the ICAA in welcoming Charles F. Bloszies as he discusses the challenges, foreseen and unseen, of restoring one of San Francisco's most important and historical architectural landmarks, the old Chronicle Building.

The Office of Charles F. Bloszies (CFB) is an award winning architecture and engineering firm specializing in urban infill design. As experienced leaders in adaptive reuse, the firm believes in re-purposing existing buildings by fusing modern forms in and onto existing structures of all types and ages. Rather than tearing down and rebuilding from scratch, their projects give new purpose and function to current spaces via creative and specialized solutions. Firm principal, Charles Bloszies, is the author of the Princeton Architectural Press best seller: Old Buildings, New Designs - Architectural Transformations, a recently published book about successful integration of new design and old architecture. College of Fellows, AIA, LEED AP, Mr. Bloszies holds a BA in Philosophy from University of Colorado, MArch and MSE (Structures), from the University of Pennsylvania.

With very special thanks