A Little History Lesson

As part of the 2008 Clean and Safe Parks Bond program, H+A is designing the new restroom facilities at Portsmouth Square to increase capacity and address maintenance issues while ensuring privacy, better accommodating families, and enhancing the plaza.  To fit within the fabric of the neighborhood, the building is a modern iteration of the existing traditional Chinese pagoda and pavilion architecture in and around the park.  Considered the heart of Chinatown, Portsmouth Square is one of the most significant historical sites in San Francisco.  The popular blog Curbed SF thinks so too.  Check out their recent post on the interesting history of Portsmouth Square: Curbed SF Portsmouth.