Central Waterfront / Dogpatch
Until recently, most of the Central Waterfront remained undeveloped or industrial with most of the residential centering around charming Dogpatch. Dogpatch is an enclave which includes residential and some light industrial components, and is an officially-designated historic district. Dogpatch survived the 1906 earthquake and fire relatively unscathed and, thus, has some of the oldest dwellings in the City, dating back to the 1860s. Gentrification began in the 1990s because of those original homes as well as new construction of loft-style condominiums. Here you will find the City’s oldest public school, Irving M. Scott School, built in 1895; the historic shipyards at Pier 70; and Dogpatch Studios. Several quaint Victorians, designed at no-charge by Jon Cotter Pelton, Jr., remain on Tennessee and Minnesota Streets. His designs were published in the San Francisco Evening Bulletin, so that the City’s working class could build affordable homes. Live/work lofts and a few condo projects, as well as new construction office and research facilities are rapidly changing the Central Waterfront into an exciting new neighborhood.