With remodel of Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, ForrestPerkins maintains heritage

Interior design firm ForrestPerkins completed the $40-million renovation of the Westin St. Francis hotel in San Francisco’s Union Square. The 613-guestroom property is part of a historic building that dates back to 1904, and the renovation respected the heritage of the structure. 

Colletta Conner, associate principal at ForrrestPerkins’ Dallas office, was the project manager and lead interior designer on the project.

Remaining true to the look and architecture of the property, ForrestPerkins took a residential design approach to the project. In addition to renovating and enhancing the existing rooms in the building, the design team transformed areas formerly utilized as offices and storage into six new guestrooms.

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The guestroom interior design pairs classically styled furniture and window treatments with a color palette of French grey and Parisian blue, highlighted by golden embellishments.

The corridors have LED lighting that meets the California Energy Code without affecting the residential ambiance. The addition of millwork and natural stone portals at various locations along the Grand Corridor of each floor creates architectural definition that breaks the long expanse into more intimate zones, similar to a residential building. There are also framed art pieces, including a mural depicting the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.

Included in the renovation are the four Luxury Suites with 11 bedrooms, each with a different configuration. The renovation included the addition of three full bathrooms and two powder rooms. Calcutta and Grigio Verona marbles were used. Attention to historic detail was paid to preserve original moldings and cornices. The furnishings and finishes in each suite were chosen to blend with the property’s historic architecture.

Photo credit: Fred Licht and Jeff Zaruba