Book Concern Building

Architect: Jones, Partners; Architecture
Interiors: Polychrome
Project Completion: 2007
Project Area: 34,000 s.f.

A beautifully restored landmark in the heart of the city’s ever-evolving mid-Market arts district, the Book Concern Building (BCB) project is an innovative, mixed-income micro-loft development targeted toward first-time home buyers.

Combining industrial appeal with vertical space and natural light, the five-story Book Concern Building offers modern design in a classic structure. The historically-significant building has been preserved and refreshed from the ground up, and features open interiors, artful décor, high ceilings and efficient floor plans. The adjacent farmer’s market and sweeping rooftop garden complete the neighborhood appeal of this exciting new property.

The BCB exemplifies the “affordable-by-design” philosophy that underpins all our projects at Group I. Through careful modulation of space and detail, the micro-lofts have a clarity and logic that is missing from the usual smaller unit, offering tenants high quality at an accessible price.

The BCB has been featured in the New York Times Magazine for its innovative approach to affordable housing development, and its success has inspired the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association’s (SPUR) Affordable-by-Design task force.


83-91 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA