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DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102
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Davies Symphony Hall Fact Sheet

Completed in September 1980 after more than two years of construction, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall is the home of the San Francisco Symphony. More than six thousand individuals, foundations and corporations gave the money needed to build the Hall. The City of San Francisco donated the land and the State and Federal governments gave a total of $10 million toward the $28 million project. The San Francisco Symphony's home owes its name to the efforts and perseverance of Mrs. Louise M. Davies, the largest individual contributor to the building.
During the summer of 1992, Davies Symphony Hall underwent a major renovation, enhancing its acoustics to ensure an even better musical experience, and making an already stunning interior more beautiful still. Special care was also taken to provide improved facilities for the physically disabled.

Inaugural Concert: September 16, 1980

Re-Opening Following Renovation: September 9, 1992

Principal Use: Symphonic music; home to the San Francisco Symphony

Original Principal Donor: Louise M. Davies

Location: 201 Van Ness Avenue; Franklin, Hayes, and Grove Streets, San Francisco

Number of Concerts Per Year: More than 236

Original Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, San Francisco; and Pietro Belluschi, Portland, Oregon

Acoustical/Architectural Renovation: Began June 1991; Completed September 9, 1992

Original Cost of Building: $27.5 million

Original Groundbreaking: February 24, 1978

Cost of Renovation: $10.25 million; raised entirely through private funds

Renovation Made Possible By: Fundraising led by SFS Board President Nancy Bechtle, co-chairman Ray Dolby, and Chairman of Davies Symphony Hall Committee, Len Kingsley. Major challenge gifts were received from Ann and Gordon Getty, the Kresge Foundation and William Hewlett.

Current Seating Breakdown: Orchestra: 1046
Orchestra Boxes: 138
Loges: 252
1st Tier: 447
2nd Tier: 629
Terraces: 231

Acoustical Renovation: Kirkegaard & Associates, Chicago, Illinois; with assistance from Dr. Lothar Cremer, the late acoustician of the Berlin Philharmonie

Structure: Steel and reinforced concrete

Architectural Renovation: Dave Larson and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill








(August 2001)