Bowie Switch Court

San Francisco, CA

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Reimagining one of Dogpatch’s Historic Landmark

The Bowie Court is a public space located in the preserved corner of the historic Bowie Switch Company factory. The Bowie Switch Company building, a brick-faced classic revival style structure in the utilitarian tradition, was designed by noted Swedish architect August J. Nordin, designer of the historic landmark Swedish American Hall. Augustus Bowie was one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s earliest technology pioneers, and his invention, marketing, and production of groundbreaking disconnecting switch technology was a key component in the spread of electrification outside city centers on the American west coast. The streetscape and courtyard are connected and expanded with a permanent bulbout and built-in wood and concrete seating. The courtyard design features a tensioned cable lighting system that references the wiring and routing of his early electrical inventions.

 

Bowie Switch Court, San Francisco


Neighborhood: Dogpatch
Date: 2018 Completed
Size: 2,000 sf
Client: DM Development
Role: Landscape Architecture