Kelly Cullen Community

Much like the Tenderloin neighborhood where it sits, the former Central YMCA building, constructed in 1910 following the 1906 earthquake, had seen better days. The once abandoned classical architecture has been given a new life, converted to permanent housing and supportive service space for the formerly homeless. The new housing units average 230 sq. ft. and include private baths and compact kitchenettes. The award-winning design includes a restored atrium and auditorium, a remodeled gym on the fifth floor, and a public health clinic for the residents and community members on the ground floor.

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  • Owner:

    Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

  • Location:

    San Francisco, CA

  • Completed:


  • Size:

    172 units; 139,320 sq. ft.

  • Info:

    San Francisco Landmark Building
    Seven awards



1910 / 2013


AIA / HUD Secretary’s Awards – Creating Community Connection Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation – National Preservation Honor Award

AIASF – Honor Award for Historic Preservation

California Office of Historic Preservation – Governor’s Historic Preservation Award

California Preservation Foundation – Preservation Design Award

National Housing & Rehabilitation Association – J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation

San Francisco Business Times – Real Estate Deal of the Year Award, Affordable/Residential

Finalist – San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Awards

Finalist – Affordable Housing Finance Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards

Finalist – Architizer A+ Awards – Architecture + Preservation category











Tom Waddell Urban Health Clinic