Harvey Milk Memorial Plaza
Harvey Milk Memorial Plaza 1

Harvey Milk Memorial Plaza

San Francisco, CA, USA

A public space celebrates positive change that can stem from activism and constructively serves as a platform where people can raise their voices.

Equal parts memorial, celebration, and call to action, the new Harvey Milk Plaza introduces visitors to the life and legacy of Harvey Milk and energizes them to create change. A sculptural amphitheater lifts upwards at the corner of Castro and Market above the entrance to the Muni station, inviting visitors and neighbors to gather, listen, and speak out. It cascades through the plaza, creating various gathering spaces, culminating in a grove of 11 ginkgo trees marking the 11 months Milk was in office. At night, this historic intersection at the end of Market Street is united in the glowing light of hundreds of candle-like light fixtures, nodding their head to the emotional candlelight march that occurred the night Milk was assassinated. Designed for activism and engagement as a “soapbox for all,’ the plaza’s stepped amphitheater is a vibrant, activated community space that fittingly honors its namesake’s memory. Through a public-driven process, the collective vision of various City of San Francisco entities, The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza, and Perkins Eastman creates an engaging, accessible, and safe public space and a new, iconic gateway to the Castro.

Project Facts

  • Size:

  • 14,000 sq. ft.
  • Services:

  • Architecture
  • Markets:

  • Civic + Cultural
  • Region:

  • United States