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The Move – How We Got to 825 Howard Street

These are some of the earliest early concept drawings of ILRCSF’s proposed new home at 825 Howard Street. Visitors to our new home will note that the early concept drawings and the actual design are vastly different. Designing a space that had to be fully accessible, user-friendly, and which would provide visitors with a warm welcome was an exciting journey, and several concepts were considered before architect Chris Downey developed a concept that made the most use of natural light, wide open spaces, and sustainable materials, and which would provide the people we serve with a communal space that was big enough to accommodate large groups and remain barrier-free.