St. Francis Square Coop Tour

Let's meet up and visit a cooperatively-owned affordable cooperative community, created half a century ago by Unions. This is part of the LaborFest going on throughout the month.

Event detail

Walking tour and history discussion of St. Francis Square Cooperative, 299 affordable 1,2,3 bedroom units with patio or balcony, sponsored by the Longshore and Warehouseman’s Union (ILWU) in 1963. This complex created a new community that mitigated some of the destructive displacement effects of the Western Addition Redevelopment. The buildings and landscaping were designed by renowned architects Robert Marquis, Claude Stoller and Lawrence Halprin. The Square is still home to a number of union leaders, although now evolved to a market rate co-op. Residents and coop leaders Norm Young and others will be tour guides. 

In 1963, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) launched a 300-unit affordable housing project in the Western Addition, an area which went through massive redevelopment in the Sixties. The ILWU's vision was to build a moderate-priced housing community for working-class families, which would be controlled by the residents and represent all races and groups in the community. Many of the original families, now three generations, still live there. Learn about how "The Square" continues to embody the original vision and thrives today.

Read about the LaborFest tour two years ago.


July 12, 2016 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm


St. Francis Square Co-op (nearby corner)
Geary and Laguna
Southwest Corner
San Francisco, CA 94115
United States
Google map and directions


AbdulKarriem Khan Mishwa Lee Travis Wellman Dave G. Raines Cohen Elizabeth Morris Barbara G

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