San Francisco Business Times reports that Soho House, a pricey and elite social club that began in London, will allegedly take over the San Francisco Armory, a roughly 200,000-square-foot building in the Mission.
The historic property was built as an arsenal for the United States National Guard in 1912–1914, later becoming a sports venue in the 1940s. It later provided interior shots in The Empire Strikes Back.
The building was registered as a historical landmark in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Most recently, the renovated concrete-and-brick structure was purchased by Kink.com, a San Francisco-based porn producer. Sex workshops, films, and parties were hosted at the space. In January, the company ceased production inside the armory.
“The Moorish castle-inspired building is zoned for urban mixed-use, which is a perfect fit for Soho House’s typical potpourri of restaurants, workspaces, spas and bedrooms,” reports San Francisco Business Times. ”If approved, San Francisco would be Soho’s eighth North American outpost.”
According to the San Francisco Armory Events, the story “is not true.” The Armory sent out the following tweet in response to the SF Business Times piece. We will update as soon as we know more.