Occupying the home of the former Blackcat Cafe, the Canessa Printing Building was built in 1880 and though many of the original buildings in this area did not survive the era of high-and-higher architecture, the diminutive gem known as the Canessa has. Today, the old brick building still glows with light and life and is home to an art gallery and several creative professionals and small businesses including the new outpost of restaurateur, Gerald & Cameron Hirigoyen’s, Bocadillos. Renewal was brought about in the use of natural stone mosaic floors, and clear and dark stained timber features. Custom lighting fixtures and mid-century period furnishings encourage the mix of the contemporary with the venerable.

Typology Commercial
completed Summer 2004
MATERIALS Limestone mosaic floors, stained douglas fir millwork, resin coated douglas fir tabletops, blued mild steel


Architect Elmer Lin, Tony Hsieh
Lighting Consultant Becca Foster Lighting Design
Contractor Mills General
Structural Engineer StrucTech Group
Food Service Consultant Presidio Design Group
Photography Anthony Vasari


  • IIDA Honor Award for Commercial Interiors