- Market Street Railway Museum
San Francisco, CA
- The Market Street Railway is a non-profit organization that purchases and rehabilitates historic streetcars from all over the world and places them in service on San Francisco's streets. Through a direct community action, Sutro Architects learned of their desire to have a brick & mortar location for their fund raising efforts. As a pro-bono service, Sutro Architects fitted out a small retail space adjacent to the Market Street and Embarcadero rail intersection. The design included embedded rails in the floor, custom American Cherry display casework, rolling translucent panels encased in steel, and creative display shelves for the museums extensive collection of streetcar artifacts. To accommodate the multiple different sizes and shapes of artifacts and promotional items, we designed the casework with variable components. Some have glass case tops for displaying fragile artifacts while other have partitions for holding posters. Each base unit was designed with lockable casters so the space could be opened up for larger or more dynamic functions. As an added family friendly feature, a portion of a streetcar was designed to meet accessible standards and placed in the back half of the space. If you're ever in San Francisco be sure to visit and ring the bell.
Owner: Market Street Railway Museum
Architect: Sutro Architects
General Contractor: Fischer DevelopmentMarket Street Railway http://www.streetcar.org/