San Francisco Public Library System
San Francisco, California
Completed in 2007
The West Portal Branch Library was the second branch to be renovated as part of San Francisco Public Library’s Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP), a 2000 bond which called for 19 branches to be renovated. Hacker and Karin Payson Architecture + Design took great care to preserve and restore the architectural beauty and historic character of the library throughout this renovation and addition. Inside the branch, ceiling stencils and woodwork were restored and lighting fixtures consistent with the building’s WPA-era style were installed. Other significant improvements include WiFi internet; ADA accessibility; a new addition with an elevator, staff work rooms and restrooms; a new ground-floor book drop; and seismic upgrades.