Dogpatch Neighborhood Basics:
The Dogpatch/Central Waterfront neighborhood is located to the South of Mission Bay and to the east of Potrero Hill. The neighborhood is one of San Francisco’s oldest areas, and is home to the city’s oldest public school, the Irving M. Scott School that was built in 1895. The neighborhood survived the 1906 earthquake with minimal damage, and as a result is home to some of the oldest buildings in the city, some dating as far back as the 1860s.
Along Tennessee and Minnesota streets you’ll find an eclectic mix of historic Victorian homes – including some designed by Jon Cotter Pelton Jr, who published his home designs in the San Francisco Evening Bulletin for free so that the city’s working class could build an affordable home – as well as modern lofts and condominiums. The neighborhood is currently a mix of older homes, older light-industrial/industrial buildings, and some more recent condo and loft projects. Developers are rapidly transforming historic buildings, warehouses and vacant or abandoned lots into office space and residential condominium homes. The Central Waterfront is also home to the officially designated Dogpatch Historic District.
Among the many historic resources in the neighborhood is Pier 70, managed by the Port of San Francisco, which occupies approximately 69-acres. Pier 70 has been identified as a future National Historic District due to its over 150-years of continuous operations in Ship Building and Repair, the role it has played in the industrialization of the Western United States, the war efforts and architectural and engineering feats.
The 2007 expansion of the T-3rd muni-light rail service into the neighborhood along 3rd street was a transformational event in the development of the neighborhood, and plenty of boutiques and coffee shops have opened along the light rail corridor over the past several years. Transit to downtown is convenient, while commuters to Silicon Valley also love the neighborhood for the easy access to I-280.