PRESS RELEASE: Center for the Art of Translation the Newest Tenant in SFs Historic Hobart Building

April 26, 2011

The Center for the Art of Translation, a San Francisco non-profit promoting international literature and translation through publishing, teaching, and public events, is vacating the SoMa location it has occupied since 1998 and will move to the city’s historic Hobart Building on May 1.

Completed in 1914, the Hobart Building is registered as a national landmark and was designed by Willis Polk, known for his grand residences on Nob Hill. From the sculpted terra cotta exterior to the handcrafted brass and Italian marble interior, the building is a stunning example of classical revival architecture.

The Center’s new offices provide an additional 800 square feet of workspace with a large common area, and can even host small groups for training and events. The building is immediately adjacent to public transportation and is only a block and a half from 111 Minna Gallery, where the Center hosts its monthly Lit&Lunch readings spotlighting international writers and translators.

“We were looking for space with character that would also accommodate growth, and we are very excited to have found a location that is even more convenient for our members and staff,” says Brent Sverdloff, the Center’s Executive Director. “We were motivated by a need for more space and improved flow, and we have found that in this beautiful new setting.”

“We’re thrilled to have the Center for the Art of Translation join us at the Hobart Building,” says Dena Acosta of Fisher Hill Properties, which has managed the building since 1998. “They are a perfect fit with the wide range of small businesses and the growing field of non-profit organizations that have chosen to make this historic structure their home.”

The new address as of May 1 is 582 Market St., Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104.