Historic Religious Properties
Vincent Marsh has been involved in the designation, protection and enhancement of a number of religious properties in San Francisco, the Bay Area and in Sacramento, California. He has authored and co-authored a number of case reports which has resulted in the landmarking of historic religious properties on the local, state and federal levels.
In addition, Vincent Marsh has worked with congregations and religious community leaders in seismic retrofit and adaptive reuse projects of architecturally and/or historically significant churches, temples and synagogues in neighborhoods in transition.
Some recent projects include the local landmarking of Saint Brigid Church located at the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Broadway in San Francisco which is resulting in an adaptive reuse and rehabilitation by the Academy of Art, the Golden Commandery of the Knights Templar (Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church) located at 2135 Sutter Street and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 906 Broadway in Russian Hill.
Other nominations include DPR 523 forms for the Golden Gate Lutheran Church at 601-605 Dolores Street dating from 1910 and the Second Church of Christ Scientist located at 655 Dolores Street. Both properties are threatened historic religious facilities which are highly visual and conspicuous landmarks within the Mission Dolores neighborhood. Both buildings are unique and irreplaceable structures. Innovative adaptive reuse rather then total demolition can be achieved for these sites with proper motivation and preservation planning support and guidance.
At the present time, Marsh and Associates are working on an individual listing of Saint Francis of Assisi Church to the National Register of Historic Places. The subject property is located at 610 Vallejo Street in North Beach and is the first Catholic parish founded in California after the Mission period. This historic and architecturally significant Gothic Revival church now serves as the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi.