Lighthouse Lofts | 1097 Howard

Built in 1924 and converted to homes in 1998, the Lighthouse Lofts is home to 22 residences at 1097 Howard St. in the South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood. Notable features in the building include the high ceilings, exposed concrete details, and large walls of windows.

Home sizes at Lighthouse Lofts range from about 750 square feet to over 4,200 square feet. Homes are available in studio, one, two and three-bedroom layouts. Building amenities include a secure entry, secure parking, and elevator. No two homes have identical floor plans, but all homes have unique historic architectural details.

Builder: Branagh Construction | Architect: Verdigris



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    Victoria Manolo Draves Park is nearby

    Classic Exterior

    Near the Civic Center and Mid-Market Area


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    More About the Building

    Built in 1924 as the home for the SF Lighthouse for the Blind, a local SF organization that was founded in 1902 and still exists to promote the independence, equality, and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision.  From their website:

    As the Association grew, the need to expand facilities emerged. In 1924, three members of the Cowell family stepped forward with the generous offer to buy land and construct the building that would house the Association’s expanding services. With the support of Isabel, Helen and S.H. Cowell, the Association moved to a new facility at 1097 Howard Street later that year. For the next two decades, the Association continued manufacturing and selling brooms, baskets and furniture produced by blind workers, and began teaching braille, instructing white cane technique and providing counseling. This made the organization quite unusual. In the 20th century blind people doing any kind of work was unheard of, and the industrial opportunities the LightHouse provided 100 years ago were considered the most progressive options then available.

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    Most homes have one car parking, some have two car parking and a few have no parking.