Children’s Day School Dolores Park
Reviving Gothic Revival
Maximizing indoor and outdoor space for the creative reuse of a neighborhood classic.
Children’s Day School (CDS) is an independent school serving pre-kindergarten through middle-school students at its campus in San Francisco’s Mission District. The school’s integration into the urban fabric complements its mission of community-based learning, and over the years, Jensen Architects has adapted and renovated several of the school’s buildings to foster this connection. The historic church at 601 Dolores, just three blocks from its main campus, opened the possibility of CDS’s neighborhood presence with a new middle school. However, fitting the middle school’s space needs into this landmark building required some creative thinking.