Completed in 1874, the National Historic Landmark Old U.S. Mint in San Francisco became a centerpiece in the nation's financial workings as the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode and ensuing Silver Rush fervor gripped the nation. After narrowly surviving the devastating 1906 Earthquake and Fire, the Old U.S. Mint was the only financial institution in the city able to open for commerce, serving as the depository for the city’s relief fund. Long a source of pride to residents of San Francisco, the Old U.S. Mint is the ultimate symbol of the city’s resilience and ability to bounce back.

Today, despite an unprecedented influx of wealth and tech-fueled development in the SoMa neighborhood, the City-owned landmark is shuttered, neglected, and in need of rehabilitation. 

Originally placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 1994, the Old U.S. Mint’s inclusion on the National Trust’s 2015 list makes it one of very few buildings in the nation to be featured twice. San Francisco Heritage, working alongside the National Trust, is advocating for its inclusion in the neighborhood revitalization plans.

While the Old U.S. Mint languishes, the area surrounding the Old U.S. Mint is poised for major upzoning and massive future developments would literally shadow the Old U.S. Mint. 

There is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to leverage the billions of dollars in anticipated investment, new tax revenues, and development impact fees for the benefit of the Old U.S. Mint and the city’s cultural heritage. Yet the City has failed to include the Old U.S. Mint among its priorities for funding to be generated for community benefits.

San Francisco Heritage and the National Trust share long-held community aspirations to remake the Old U.S. Mint into a vibrant cultural destination anchored by a thriving nonprofit partner, using a combination of local, state, federal, private, and philanthropic funds. The building is ideally situated to be a centerpiece of San Francisco’s civic life, geographically close to public transit and a concentration of other cultural institutions and convention facilities in the area.

By signing this petition, you're adding your voice to generations of San Franciscans and visitors who demand that the City, as the owner of the Old U.S. Mint, make its renewal a priority once and for all — let’s unite to save the Old Mint!

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