Mary Helen Rogers Senior Community

Location: Civic Center District, San Francisco, CA

How can you create a sense of place on a busy thoroughfare for Senior Housing?

Mary Helen Rogers, the buildings namesake, was a community activist in San Francisco for 40 years. Rogers fought to protect the rights of African American families from the fallout of urban renewal. The dynamic exterior palette is inspired by her personal love of color and the interior palette responds to the visual ergonomics of the aging eye.

Photos: David Wakeley

“A man’s character always takes if hue, more or less, from the form and color of things around him.”

- Frederick Douglass