The SFJAZZ Center is the first building in the country dedicated purely to jazz. San Francisco’s Mark Cavagnero Associates designed the 35,000-square-foot, three-story structure—which encompasses performance, rehearsal, and office spaces—on a downtown site near the city’s existing opera, symphony, and ballet venues. In addition to the center’s main Robert N. Miner Auditorium, which can host upwards of 700 people in its grandest configuration, a smaller ensemble room on the street level has glass walls that let pedestrians see the musicians inside. Balconies on the top two floors also open the glass-and-concrete building to the neighborhood.
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