Page & Turnbull served as preservation architect to develop a strategy to repair deteriorated ornamental sheet metal on the Sutter Street façade of the Hallidie Building, which features the first high-rise glass curtain wall assembly in the United States.
Named after cable car inventor Andrew Hallidie, the seven-story building located at 130 Sutter Street in San Francisco was designed in 1916 by renowned architect Willis Polk. The building is San Francisco Landmark Number 37 and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Several components of the south elevation were deteriorating, primarily caused by corrosion of steel elements that make up the curtain-wall frame, fire escape, and balcony support and deck. Galvanized steel sheet metal components of the architectural ornaments adorning the balconies were also corroding. The deterioration of the façade had been on going for a number of years. In 1998, the building management retained a firm to perform an investigation and evaluation of the exterior facades of the building. A report was produced with recommendations for repair, maintenance, and restoration. Little, if any, of the recommended work was performed. In 2003, the building management once again retained the same firm to perform an in-depth assessment of the second floor balcony on the south elevation. Again recommendations for repair were provided, but little to no repair work occurred.
It was recommended to the building ownership that the repair recommendations for the balcony be revisited. It was requested that Page & Turnbull assist in developing a long- term strategy to repair and restore the building.