Historic Pier Opportunities for Partnership

Aerial Photo of San Francisco Waterfront

The Port seeks ideas from future tenants of historic piers and structures on the San Francisco waterfront

The Port seeks partners with ideas and the capability to create inviting, public-serving destinations for piers in the Embarcadero Historic District.

Since the Embarcadero Freeway came down after the 1989 earthquake, San Francisco’s waterfront has become an increasingly vital part of the city, providing jobs, entertainment, and relaxation to over 24 million visitors and locals a year. Many of the piers along the Embarcadero Historic District have been closed to the public for years.

The Port of San Francisco requests creative ideas on how these historic piers can be accessible, resilient, and enjoyable.

The Request for Interest (RFI) is the first step in developing requests for proposals to rehabilitate and preserve historic assets within the Embarcadero Historic District.

Are you interested in preserving the historic piers? Sign-up to receive updates on the process & the RFI.

Who should consider filling out the RFI?
  • Business Owners
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Developers
  • Non-profit Directors
  • Educational & Cultural Institutions
  • And others with engaging ideas

Possible Activities & Experiences for Pier Facilities

Are you part of a group interested in a presentation about historic pier opportunities for partnerships? Contact us.
  • Art or culture
  • Assembly
  • Beverage
  • Cafés, restaurants, or tasting rooms
  • Entertainment
  • Ferry excursions
  • Leisure boating or water recreation
  • Maker
  • Museum
  • Recreation
  • Retail
  • Other ideas that invite the public into the Port's incredible Embarcadero Historic District pier facilities

Sign-up to receive the Historic Piers Request for Interest. Coming Summer 2018.

Pier Facilities included in the RFI

The Port is including thirteen pier facilities and the Agriculture Building in the RFI. The facilities are located along the three and a half miles between Pier 45 in Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 48 at China Basin, just beyond AT&T Ballpark. All locations are within 2 blocks of Muni stops and have considerable foot traffic as well as being accessible by bicycle and water taxi.

Map of Embarcadero Historic District Facilities included in the Request for Interest
See a pdf of the map.

Successfully Rehabilitated Piers & Facilities

Exploratorium Basin

The Exploratorium

  • Project included historic rehabilitation of Pier 15 bulkhead building & shed, new constructed 'Observatory Building' which replaced a non-historic connector building between the piers, and an open water courtyard and outdoor exhibit area in a prior parking alley
  • Piers 15/17 Historic Rehabilitation Project Fact Sheet
  • Completed 2013
  • Learn more

Ferry BuildingFerry Building

  • Project included a ground-floor public market hall (approx. 65,000 sq. ft.) with retail shops, restaurants, transportation, and publicly accessible spaces, two upper floors (approx. 175,000 sq. ft.) with office uses, the Port Commission Hearing room, the recreation of the lost portions of the 600 foot long nave, and restoration of the historic facades
  • Completed 2003
  • Learn more

James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27

James R. Herman Cruise Terminal

  • Project included demolition of the Pier 27 shed, partial demolition of the Pier 29 shed, demolition of the Pier 17 Annex office building, relocation of the shoreside power equipment, construction of a new cruise terminal, installation of maritime equipment, and development of the 2.5 acre Cruise Terminal Plaza
  • Completed 2014
  • Learn more

AT&T Park

AT&T Park

  • Project included construction of a new 42,000 seat ballpark. Home to the San Francisco Giants baseball team and the host to more than 80 basegames and dozens of other events each year
  • Opened in April 2000
  • Learn more



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