Revitalization Project


With nearly two million annual visitors, Fort Mason Center is being used in ways that were never intended when it was built over 100 years ago.

Fort Mason Center is solely responsible for all improvements to the buildings on its campus. These unique historic assets had formerly been the responsibility of the National Park Service.

The centerpiece of the campus, Pier 2, which houses the Herbst Pavilion and the Cowell Theater, has been pushed to its physical limit. Without significant repairs and improvements, the future use of the structure is in jeopardy.

Significant philanthropic support will rehabilitate and enhance this well-used historic structure:

  • The theater and lobby will be refurbished, expanded, and made energy efficient.
  • The long bay front corridor will be converted into a gallery, with distinct areas or exhibit views, seating, and views of the bay and bridge.
  • Enhancements to the pavilion itself, including radiant heat and hoists for exhibitions, will expand the range of uses.
  • A new “mezzanine” event space will be added.
  • The exterior of the building will be completely repaired and the historic fabric will be restored.

The total cost of the project is $25 million, with $20 million already identified.

If you would like to have more information about the project, please contact the campaign office at 415-345-7561 or click here for detailed project plans.

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