San Francisco Zen Center

In 1922, Morgan designed another landmark building to aid young workingwomen. Similar to the YWCA buildings in program was the Emanu-el Sisterhood Residence at Page and Laguna streets in San Francisco.

Photo by Shundo David Haye. Courtesy of the San Francisco Zen Center

The Jewish women’s group asked Morgan in 1921 to design a residential facility with assembly rooms, gymnasium, and other recreational features. The three-story brick building is on a corner site, with hills at different angles on the two street sides. The façade is formal, with broad steps used to give a level base to the slope. Tables and chairs built by Morgan’s craftsmen to her designs are still in use after sixty-five years After wartime duty as headquarters for female military personnel, the building was bought in the 1950s to serve as the San Francisco Zen Center.

San Francisco Zen Center