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Mission Armory

Each of these articles I found online adds another small facet to the strange history of this building.

I’d heard of this idea of converting the Armory to creative uses a long time ago when I moved to the Mission in 1993. A couple years later I visited PS1 in New York and it occurred to me that the Armory could be just as cool.

The 3 articles with * are the most useful.


  1. Developer wants penthouses atop armory*

    Nov 10, 2006


  2. Owner plans fresh invasion of Armory

    April 9, 2004


  3. Inside the Belly of the Building:
    Behind the Armory’s deformed brick facade lies a potential artists’ paradise

    October 9, 2000

    (really great photos, nice narrative)


  4. Mission condo project opens a can of worms

    Supes’ decision to halt construction has broader effect

    April 12, 2006


  5. Mission Armory plan sees condo complex;
    Landmark building vacant for 34 years

    April 10, 2004


  6. Dot-com developer storms S.F. armory

    Mission district fortress to be transformed into multimedia haven

    February 18, 2000


  7. Cursed Armory Has Hexed Developers for Over Twenty Years*

    October 3, 2000


  8. Waiting for a Miracle in the Mission

    January 28, 1996


  9. Armory sold for $1.25 million

    July 24, 1996


  10. random info on a blog. link at bottom explain the syle of brick:


From the National Register of Historic Places:

San Francisco National Guard Armory and Arsenal

Also known as Coastal Artillery Headquarters & Training Base

San Francisco County – 1800 Mission St., San Francisco

(22 acres, 1 building)

Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering

Architect, builder, or engineer: Woollett & Woollett, McLeran & Peterson

Period of Significance: 1900-1924

Owner: Federal

Historic Function: Defense, Social

Historic Sub-function: Arms Storage

Current Function: Vacant/Not In Use

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