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188 Spear Street (Approved) – San Francisco – 94105 – 17/20

188 Spear Street (Approved) – San Francisco – 94105 – 17/20


188 Spear Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
188 Spear Street was designed by architect Jorge DeQuesada and the original 8-story building was completed in 1972. The property has distinctive architecture with its warm red brick exterior and expansive windows. The property’s location, views and virtually column-free, large floor plates make it an outstanding business address. The upper floors offer stunning views of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco Bay, and the landscaped plaza offers a charming oasis.
The property underwent a major redevelopment that was completed on July 2, 2012. The redevelopment included a vertical expansion of the property designed by Brereton Architects, which added four additional floors totaling 72,000 square feet and a new canopied street-front entry on Spear Street that opens to a double-story lobby. The project also included replacement of all windows, elevators, electrical, and HVAC systems; new restrooms, and a seismic upgrade. The redevelopment was awarded LEED® Gold certification for Core & Shell in July 2013. The impact of the project contributed to urban infill, reducing sprawl helping to restore, invigorate, and sustain established urban living patterns and creating a sustainable community.
188 Spear Street is located along the Spear Street Corridor in the heart of San Francisco’s burgeoning South Financial District. The property’s superior location is two blocks from the Embarcadero, the promenade running along the San Francisco Bay waterfront, and offers exceptional convenience through its easy access to BART, Muni, ferries, the new Transbay Terminal, the Bay Bridge and all major freeways.

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Property Facts
• Originally completed in 1972; redeveloped in 2012
• 12-story office building
• 216,107 square feet

LEED® Certified
Awarded LEED® Gold Certification for Core & Shell in July 2013
90-stall parking garage with attendant
Floor Plates
~ 18,500 square feet
4 passenger elevators
1 dedicated garage elevator
Tenant Access
24-hour tenant access, 365 days a year
Professional security Mon-Fri 6:30 am-12:00 am. 24-hour surveillance
Advanced telecommunications infrastructure and service
Expansive glass curtain wall
Red brick exterior
Exposed red brick interior walls on base floors
Full height windows on tower floors
Panoramic views of city and San Francisco Bay from upper floors

188 Spear has a subterranean parking garage with valet parking for 90 vehicles. Additionally, there are 15 public parking facilities offering both covered and open-air parking within a four-block radius.
Bike Room
The Bike Room is available to tenants and is accessed via card key. The room accommodates 53 bikes and is located on the ground floor next to the back entrance.

Chase Bank – Opening Soon
San Francisco Florist
Flowers and gifts
Beta Nineties Computers
Computers and IT support
Dr. Michael Perona, DDS
Dentist office

Lee’s Deli
Sandwiches, soups, and salads
Hey Day
Organic soups, sandwiches, and salads

188 Spear
188 Spear Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
AT&T Park is home to the San Francisco Giants. The ballpark was completed in 2000 and seats 45,000, and there’s not a bad seat in the house. The ballpark is located on the northern edge of Mission Bay by McCovey Cove. For more information, visit the Giant’s Web site for game schedule, seating charts, ticket information, and driving directions.
135 Fourth Street
METREON is a stunning setting for dining, shopping and entertainment in downtown San Francisco. Overlooking beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens, METREON is home to a lively assortment of indoor and outdoor dining experiences, unique retailers, the new CityTarget, a renovated AMC Theatres METREON 16 and the City View event space.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened in 1935 and was the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to twentieth-century art. The Third Street location opened in 1995 and was designed by renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta. It houses an impressive permanent collection of painting & sculpture; architecture & design; photography; and media arts. SFMOMA has undertaken an extremely active special exhibitions program, both organizing and hosting traveling exhibitions.
The Museum also has an education and public programs division that offers special exhibition-related events such as artists’ talks and lectures; talks and classes about art history; tours for schools, adult groups, and walk-in visitors; family days; monthly hands-on family studios; and creative projects for youth with all levels of familiarity with modern and contemporary art.
American Conservatory Theatre
415 Geary Boulevard
The American Conservatory Theatre is an acclaimed training institution and regional theater. It’s premier performance was in 1967 and in 1979 won a Tony Award for outstanding theater performance and training. The theatre is located just one block from Union Square between Mason and Taylor Streets.
Curran Theatre
445 Geary Street
The Curran’s premiere performance was September 1922 and was called the “handsomest theatre on the coast.” After extensive renovations in 1993 – made to accommodate the five year engagement of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega hit musical, The Phantom of the Opera – the Curran Theatre continues to thrive under the direction of Carole Shorenstein Hays and Scott E. Nederlander. The theatre is located just one block from Union Square between Mason and Taylor Streets.
Golden Gate Theatre
1 Taylor Street
The Golden Gate Theatre opened in 1922 with much fanfare, including lines that wrapped around the block. Protocol necessitated that gentlemen wear top hats and that ladies be dressed in formal gowns when attending the Golden Gate. The grand opening was a highlight on the social calendar in San Francisco. As a key player in the Best of Broadway seasons since 1979, the Golden Gate Theatre has hosted show-stopping musicals. The theatre is located just off Market Street between Taylor and Jones Streets.
Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market Street
The Orpheum Theatre originally opened as a vaudeville theatre in 1926. Through the years, the theatre evolved from vaudeville performances to a movie house and then in 1970, an American Conservatory Theatre production of the breakthrough musical, Hair, was presented and the appearance of the irreverent “tribe” on-stage signaled the reawakening of the Market Street building as a home of legitimate theatre in San Francisco. Today, the Best of Broadway series continues to play under the direction of Carole Shorenstein Hays and Scott E. Nederlander. The theatre is located just off Market Street between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets.
Theatre on the Square
450 Post Street
Theatre On The Square was originally a stately meeting hall on the second floor of this uniquely styled, Mediterranean-Gothic building. The Theatre’s premier performance was June 1982 with the Tony nominated and Pulitzer Prize winning Talley’s Folly by Landford Wilson. Theatre On The Square has presented over 60 productions including some of Broadway’s finest Tony award winners. The Theatre and box office is located on the 2nd floor of The Kensington Park Hotel just a half block from Union Square between Mason and Powell Streets.
Rincon Center
121 Spear Street
A mixed-use complex of shops, restaurants, offices and apartments.
Ferry Building Marketplace
101 The Embarcadero
Located within the historic Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street, shops large and small celebrate food in all its forms, offering everything from artisan cheeses to the freshest of local fish. Restaurants and cafés serve cuisine representing the quality and cultural diversity of San Francisco’s best chefs.
The Ferry Building is also the center of a transit hub that connects all of San Francisco’s neighborhoods and the surrounding bay communities.
Embarcadero Center
Sacramento and Clay, Battery and Justin Herman Plaza
The shopping center consists of four multi-level buildings spanning six blocks along the edge of the San Francisco historic waterfront district. The shopping center features more than 125 nationally and locally renowned retailers, indoor and outdoor dining venues, and a five-screen cinema.
Union Square
50 Post Street
Union Square is bounded by Stockton, Powell, Post and Geary streets, and features a manicured park with the naval monument topped with a bronze Goddess of Victory, erected in 1903. The city’s first American mayor, John Geary, named Union Square on the eve of the Civil War because demonstrations were held here in support of Union’s troops. Today, Union Square is the heart of The City’s shopping district offering major department stores, jewelry stores, haute couture, galleries, restaurants and theatres. Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman-Marcus, Tiffany, Chanel, Burberry are just a sample from this shoppers’ paradise.
Within easy walking distance from 188 Spear Street, there are a number of the City’s top restaurants including Prospect, RN74, Salt House, Boulevard, Town Hall, and Waterbar. Additionally, the area offers a multitude of pubs, delis and fresh fast food options.
Click here to view a list of nearby restaurants on

There are approximately 20,000 hotel rooms within eight blocks of 188 Spear Street, including Hotel Vitale, St. Regis, Intercontinental, Four Seasons, and W Hotel.


Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
BART is the Bay Area’s public transit system of high-speed electric trains, which connects Contra Costa, Alameda and San Francisco counties (see local map).

Ferries make connections from the Ferry Building located on the Embarcadero at Market Street.
Alameda/Oakland Ferry
Angel Island – Tiburon Ferry
Blue & Gold Fleet
Golden Gate Ferry
Alameda Harbor Bay Ferry
Red & White Fleet
Vallejo Baylink Ferry

AC Transit





On a sunny San Francisco morning, May 18th, ULI members gathered at 188 Spear Street to witness the redevelopment of office and retail space by Shorenstein Properties. With hot coffee, fresh fruit and rolls in hand, members were first briefed on the project by Tom Hart, Executive Vice President with Shorenstein and his development team led by Jean Rainer, Development Manager, and Mark Preston of Hathaway Dinwiddie. Members then toured the 3rd and 12th floors where they enjoyed sweeping views of the Embarcadero Center and Bay Bridge.

The project includes a vertical expansion from 8 floors to 12 floors, adding 72,000 square feet, a canopied entrance on Spear Street featuring a double-story lobby with all new elevators, MEP system and upgraded HVAC. Huge floor to ceiling windows and a bright and spacious floor plate will cater to active space seekers in the market. The building’s exterior was also enhanced with a new skin to provide continuity to the additional floors. Solid concrete construction back in the 1960s left plenty of load capacity to handle the expansion. With careful planning, the team was able to complete the project while keeping all tenants in the building during construction.

Shorenstein is adding space to the hot South Financial District submarket of San Francisco in an area many are calling the “new downtown center”. Buzz around the new Transbay Terminal and an increase in top tech companies moving to the city are adding fuel to the flames. Tenant demand is strong, rents are rising and investors and developers are actively pursuing new opportunities in the area. Shorenstein hopes to capture some of this growing demand with the additional space.

The redevelopment is expected to be completed in July 2012 after roughly a year and a half of construction.

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