Papenhausen Hardware Store

Award-winning Papenhausen Hardware, in San Francisco’s West Portal neighborhood, was badly damaged in a fire. The damage was extensive and required a significant rebuild throughout the building. We framed and replaced windows, replaced exterior siding and insulation and painted the exterior. The kitchen/breakroom and bathroom needed to be completely rebuilt and installed new fixtures, cabinets and countertops. To support green construction, we kept the exposed concrete floor on the main floor. We completely replaced the front and rear roofs and installed a one-hour fire wall at exterior walls to help prevent spread of a future fire.

Project Challenges

Most of the tear-down/demolition was done by the time the W.A. Rose team came to the project, though we demolished framing as needed in order to begin the rebuild.

The Results

We made other improvements that will benefit both customers and workers. We installed a dumbwaiter so the Papenhausen team can easily move stock items between floors, and we framed for three new skylights to allow for more natural light. The store now has a new office and ADA restroom. A new energy-saving lighting control system and LED lights, along with the new skylights, provide enhanced lighting throughout the store.

Papenhausen is now lighter and brighter, safer and more efficient. The West Portal neighborhood is delighted to have their favorite neighborhood hardware store back!