The San Francisco Armory, recently sold to a London-based company

The only historical SF building that has more colorful as well as unpredictable history as compared to the prison Alcatraz Island, the San Francisco Armory, is currently set to conversion to the next phase of its ever more volatile life after the nightlife company, Soho House based in London bought it for 65 million dollars.

The San Francisco Business Times confirmed the report. Back in 2017, International Business Times revealed that Soho had its eyes set on the Armory and was heading for its pocketbook. However, an Armory spokesperson denied any such claims at the time.

Three months later, the paper has now confirmed again that the deal has been done and closed, and the buyer was an LLC associated with Soho. The latter specializes in selective private restaurants as well as clubs catering to the highest of the high-end.

The founder of the company based in a space above his London restaurant Café, Nickson John runs the facility in more than eighteen different locations. Its clubs in New York, as well as West Hollywood, charges an annual fee to its members of about $2,100. Its local and almost equivalent is the Battery.

After a plan for Armory, tech offices fell apart in 2000; a local real estate lawyer told the San Francisco Chronical that it was such an expensive premise for which one is fortunate to get any possible use.

Nonetheless, during the earlier years, the Armory was perceived as a fortification for the United States Army. As a result, its famous architecture was designed to bear the brand of a heavily armored as well as forbidding Moorish fortress as noted by the facility’s official historic site.

Later, the site became a sports place, “the Madison Square Garden of the West,” known for prize-fight boxing in its central courtyard. Though the plans to turn it into a film studio in the 1980s did not materialize, George Lucas filmed some explosions from that location for scenes in The Empire Strikes Back.

The most significant obstruction towards giving the building a new outlook came from opposition by local anti-gentrification protesters. It will be of interest to see how the neighborhood responds if the firm goes ahead with its determination for an exclusive club at the famous site.

Based in northern Mission District of San Francisco, the Armory is the most extensive building in the mission district and represents an exclusive combination of revivalist architecture.



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