The site is located in the city’s Civic Center, a district filled with many historical buildings incorporating designs from Beaux-Arts architecture. By borrowing elements of this classical style into 101 Polk Street, architects Solomon Cordwell Buenz sought to create a building that blends into nearby structures and celebrates historical roots of the district. Architectural renderings do show hints of Beaux-Arts style, but overall these elements are not visually prominent and are overshadowed by large modern glass windows and a flat ornament free facade. The design is somewhat misdirected but generally is reserved, relatively clean, and should mix with adjacent structures.
The 101 Polk Street complex, along with recently opened Nema and upcoming 100 Van Ness, is anticipated to increase density, foot traffic, and overall aid in reinvigorating the Civic Center district. Contractor Build Group is expected to finish construction of the building by early 2016.