Built at a time when streetcars were drawn by horses, the Geneva Office Building and Powerhouse began serving San Francisco’s first electrified streetcar line in 1901. It survived the devastating 1906 earthquake, and was critical to the city’s transportation system until the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake knocked it out of commission.

Since 2002, the non-profit Friends of the Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse has been a dogged advocate for the historic landmark and its future use as a community center. Its members had a vision for the unused facility at the corner of San Jose and Geneva avenues, the very heart of a diverse neighborhood filled with families and youth.

The Friends brought millions of dollars of services to the city in preparation of its renovation and future utilization by working with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, local organizations, civic leaders, and private individuals.

In 2018, the first major step in the transformation began with the renovation of the Geneva Powerhouse. The expected completion date is summer 2019.

The Friends are eager to complete the transformation of this historic landmark into a vibrant home for community, art, learning, job training, and more.

NEW! See images of the Powerhouse renovation on our History Page.


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