Curran House

In 2001, with a rare chance to build housing from the ground up in the dense Tenderloin neighborhood home to many of the City’s SRO hotels, TNDC immediately knew the population it wanted to serve on this infill site. With 4,000 children in the community, there was a tremendous demand for family housing and very little existed nearby.  With $23 million in financing from multiple sources – along with a prayer to St. Joseph, the patron saint of real estate –  TNDC was able to realize its long-standing dream of providing quality family housing on a once vacant parking lot adjacent to its headquarters.

Curran House, named after Sister Patrick Curran of the Sisters of Mercy, a 67-unit complex where nearly 60% of the apartments are two bedrooms or larger, rises from a lot that’s long and relatively shallow, wedged between older apartment buildings on three sides.  Tenants enjoy a rooftop garden with benches, tables and raised gardening beds. The ground-floor community room faces onto a peaceful interior courtyard with a small waterfall.  In addition, the complex includes units set-aside for homeless households, for which there is on-site access to supportive services, including an after school program and a social worker.  As a transit-oriented development, the building has no parking, with the basement level instead housing offices for the organization and street frontage devoted to space for local nonprofits.

Curran House Roof GardenLocation:  145 Taylor Street, San Francisco

Project Details:

  • Unit Mix: 14 studios; 15 one-bedrooms; 14 two-bedrooms; 24 three-bedroom units
  • Completed: 2005
  • Population: 10 formerly homeless families (Shelter + Care), 10 Section 8,
    Low- and Extremely Low-Income families – 40% average affordability (AMI)
  • Residential SF: 82,309
  • Commercial SF: 1,381
  • Construction: Type I (concrete)
  • Total Development Cost: $22.6 million
  • Financing Sources: LIHTC Equity (National Equity Fund),
    SF Mayor’s Office of Housing, Bank of America (Perm Loan & FHLB AHP)Curran House Courtyard
  • TNDC Role: Sponsor/Owner/Developer


  • 2008 Merit Award for Architecture, AIA California Council
  • 2007 Gold Nugget Merit Award, Best Affordable Category, Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference
  • 2007 Award for Curran House Courtyard, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, American Society of Landscape Architects
  • 2007 Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture, American Institute of Architects
  • 2007 Top 25 Gems of the City, American Institute of Architects
  • 2006 Ebbie Award, Community Builder, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  • 2006 Grand Award, Best Affordable Development, Residential Architect Design Awards
  • 2006 Readers’ Choice Award, Builder Magazine
  • 2005 Best Affordable Residential Real Estate Deal of the Year Award, San Francisco Business Times
  • 2003 Best Development Award, Transportation and Land Use Coalition
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