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 March 10, 2009
Old U.S. Mint Building In San Francisco Now A Unique Event Venue

 The San Francisco Museum & Historical Society (SFMHS) has introduced the Old U.S. Mint Building as a unique event venue in San Francisco. Once a repository for one-third of the nation's gold reserves, the Old U.S. Mint, located at Fifth and Mission Streets in the heart of downtown San Francisco, is one of only five buildings in San Francisco designated a National Historic Landmark. For the first time in the building's history, the Old U.S. Mint opens its doors as an event venue, perfect for a wide variety of corporate and social gatherings such as meetings, dinners, parties, benefits, and weddings.

Steeped in History -- Long a source of pride for residents of San Francisco, the Old U.S. Mint represented the federal government on the western frontier. Designed by Alfred Bult Mullett in 1869 and completed in1874, The Old U.S. Mint was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and is nationally recognized for its importance as "the last major example of classical revival architecture" in the United States. During the earthquake of 1906 when fires erupted throughout the City, a few dozen men who worked at the Old U.S. Mint fought the fires, saving the building from destruction. As a result, the Old U.S. Mint was the only financial institution capable of operating immediately after the disaster and became the treasury for disaster relief funds. The General Services Administration ranks the Old Mint as the second most important government building in the country for its historical and architectural significance.

Distinctive Events -- Since opening its doors, the Old U.S. Mint has been backdrop for a wide variety of successful events ranging from non-profit fundraising galas to interactive art exhibits to unique corporate parties. From memorable seated dinners within the Old U.S. Mint's intimate vaults to cocktail parties in the historic Counting Rooms or outdoor courtyard, the building provides flexible entertaining space for special and distinctive events of all kinds. Accommodating stand-up receptions for as few as 50 or as many as 400 people, guests will enjoy an exceptional atmosphere that embraces the history and culture of San Francisco. The Mint is approximately 100,000 square feet and has 20 rooms available for rent, 9 on the ground floor and 11 on the first floor.

In addition to the building's interior, Mint Plaza, the new, graceful outdoor space adjacent to the building, is easily accessible through the ground floor entrance of the Old U.S. Mint and may be used in conjunction with events in the building, providing an additional outdoor option in the unique urban space provided by the Plaza. Conveniently located on Mint Plaza, food and beverage outlets such as Chez Papa Resto and Blue Bottle Coffee may be called upon for catering.

The Future of the Old Mint -- Lead by the SFMHS, the Mint Project is the extensive restoration and transformation of this National Historic Landmark into a new, one-of-a-kind museum of San Francisco. Scheduled to open in 2013, the museum will celebrate San Francisco's global impact and tell extraordinary stories of the individuals and innovations that continue to shape the city, the nation and the world. Employing a story-centric approach and incorporating interactive exhibits, historically significant artifacts and cutting-edge technology, the museum will be a starting point for visitors and locals to begin their San Francisco cultural experience. Following the completion of the museum, the building will again be a unique event venue with innovative surroundings.