History

Piers 1 ½, 3 & 5 are a part of the Central Embarcadero Historic District

1918

Piers 1.5, 3, and 5 are opened after a decade of construction led by Chief Engineer of the State Harbor Commission, Frank G. White. The unique architectural style of these piers, known as Beaux-Arts, sets them apart from similar structures along the Embarcadero. These Piers, along with Pier 1, become the only group of Piers in San Francisco dedicated to inland trade and transportation.

Construction Completed: A New Era of Growth

1927

The Delta Queen and the Delta King begin transporting goods and people between Sacramento and San Francisco. The ferries dock at Pier 1 1/2 when they arrive in San Francisco, making this pier an important hub for transportation between coastal and inland California.

Pier 1 1/2: Gateway to the Central Valley

1941

San Francisco’s waterfront becomes a logistics center for military activity during World War II. The Coast Guard, Immigration Services, and the Maritime Service Enrolling Office occupy Pier 5 during these years.

World War II: Supporting the Pacific Theater

1946

After the war, the Piers fall into disuse as more modern ports in other coastal cities take on the roles the Piers once held in California’s economy. Many of the Piers along the waterfront are demolished during this time. However, Piers 1 1/2, 3, and 5 remain standing.

After the War: The End of an Era

2001

In January of 2001, Pacific Waterfront Partners, LLC is selected by the Port of San Francisco to redevelop the historic Piers 1 1/2, 3 and 5. The project focuses on the preservation and rehabilitation of the historic maritime design of these iconic buildings.

A New Beginning: The Rehabilitation of the Piers

2021

Today, Pacific Waterfront Partners continues to manage Piers 1 1/2, 3, and 5. World-class restaurants and internationally recognized companies now occupy these piers. The Piers, which ushered in the first era of economic prosperity in California, continue to play a central role in a new global economy.

The Piers Today: Revitalized for a Modern Economy