The state has awarded a $1 million grant to the nonprofit California Historical Society to fund a feasibility study to look into breathing much needed life into San Francisco’s Old Mint.
The hope is that the 142-year-old granite landmark at Fifth and Mission street can be turned into “an important cultural, learning and historical center.”
Designed by Alfred B. Mullet, Built in 1874 and closed to the public in 1994, the Mint is one of the city’s earliest landmarks. The city bought the building in 2003 to ensure its continued safety.
It appears the major issue is finding a way to make the building safer in an earthquake. Major seismic work could cost in the region of $100 million.