RH - The New San Francisco Gallery at the Historic Bethlehem Steel Building
After years of careful restoration and revitalization, RH has unveiled RH San Francisco, The Gallery at the Historic Bethlehem Steel Building. An inherently personal project given RH calls the Bay Area home, the building is considered to be the crown jewel of Pier 70 and gateway to what was once one of the country’s most storied shipyards. RH San Francisco represents the latest physical expression of the brand and its continued foray into hospitality with The Palm Court Restaurant – a new live-fire concept featuring two Wine Bars – plus a beautifully landscaped Rooftop Park with spectacular views of the city skyline, Bay and bridge.
Commanding five floors, this unrivaled experience seamlessly integrates luxury home furnishings collections from RH Contemporary, Interiors, Modern and Outdoor with rare art, antiques and artifacts from around the world. Constructed in 1917 and designed in the Classical Revival style by preeminent San Francisco architect Frederick H. Meyer, the landmark building has been meticulously restored and reimagined with great respect for its original vision. RH Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Gary Friedman has revitalized several other iconic buildings across the country, including the former Museum of Natural History in Boston’s Back Bay, the Post Office in Greenwich, Connecticut, and the Historic Three Arts Club in Chicago’s Gold Coast.
The monumental structure features elegant neoclassical architecture that has been artistically refinished by the famed Bay Area artist and color authority James Goodman. Entering through bespoke hand-forged iron gates, guests pass through an intimate vestibule that opens into a rare octagonal lobby with original rose marble floors, cast-stone walls and a meticulously restored plastered ornamental ceiling by Manuel Palos.
Architecturally integrated to form a new center core of the building, guests will discover The Palm Court Restaurant, a live-fire dining experience featuring a monolithic marble cooking hearth flanked by custom Molteni rotisseries from France. Sitting beneath a dramatic atrium, this year-round skylit escape recalls the glamour of San Francisco’s Gilded Age – a stunning statement space featuring structural steelwork inspired by the former shipyard, towering Medjool date palms and a cascading center fountain sculpted of Calacatta gold marble.
Situated off each entrance to The Palm Court Restaurant, two luminous Wine Bars serve exceptional champagnes and wines from around the world for visitors to enjoy in adjacent lounge seating or while exploring the Gallery.
Extending down each wing of the Gallery from the lobby, guests will discover a full floor dedicated to an exclusive preview of RH Contemporary in advance of its spring 2022 debut. Reflecting the brand’s evolving aesthetic with a minimalist design language that defines the moment, the unprecedented collection occupies the space between RH Interiors and RH Modern, highlighting the work of celebrated designers worldwide.
After ascending the original stair rotunda, visitors will arrive to level two featuring RH Interiors – an homage to refined design across the ages. Level three hosts a 10,000 square foot exhibition space of RH Modern – the largest fully integrated assortment of modern furniture, lighting, textiles and décor under one brand in the world. At the top of the grand stair, visitors will arrive at the Rooftop Park, an immersive garden space featuring RH Outdoor and offering panoramic views of San Francisco Bay and the downtown skyline.
Occupying the entire lower level is an RH Interior Design Firm & Atelier – at 10,000 square feet, the brand’s largest to date. Providing an unparalleled level of professional design services, this interactive studio includes private client presentation rooms with state-of-the-art technology, an RH Rugs showroom presenting an exclusive collection distinguished by its superlative artistry and exquisite materials, design libraries dedicated to a vast assortment of textiles and furniture and lighting finishes, and an elegant jewel-box gallery showcasing bath and cabinet hardware designs.
RH has always been a curator of design, taste and style and RH San Francisco is another unrivaled experience for the brand.