The New York Times provides a peek inside, and some back ground on, Loring Sagan’s office (Sagan Piechota Architecture and Build Inc.), loft (for those late nights), and coffee bar (Blue Bottle Coffee) in Hayes Valley.
When Loring Sagan bought a decrepit building on Linden Street here in 2002, the surrounding area in the Hayes Valley neighborhood was desolate. But having inherited an affinity for social activism from his mother…he set out to do his part to improve the situation.
Indeed, Mr. Sagan and Mr. Winslow [a local architect] have serious ambitions for their part of town. In 2006 the two were awarded a challenge grant of $100,000 by the City of San Francisco for a master plan to make Linden Street more friendly to pedestrians. (The amount will be matched by contributions from Mr. Sagan and his businesses.) Another project under way is Parcel P, a 250-unit affordable-housing development that will begin construction a few blocks away next spring…
As a reader notes: “I always liked the building and wondered who lived there.” Us too, only we love the building (especially those bifold doors).
∙ Raw but Welcoming, a Space for Lofty Ideas [NYT]