A restoration project is in the works for the Ferry Building with an aim of getting the historic building back to its original gleam.

Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. made the announcement Wednesday that the restoration will include repairing portions of the structure’s façade that have weathered through the years and a new paint job custom-made for the structure.

The paint color, dubbed “Ferry Building Gray,” was custom blended by Sherwin-Williams and is a mixture of warm gray tones selected to closely match the Ferry Building’s original Colusa sandstone tint. The building’s clock tower will have a warmer hue to match the adjacent pier bulkheads whereas the windows, trims and decorative spandrels will be in a darker accent tone.

According to Ferry Building’s restoration page, a custom-made paint was chosen over restoring the original Colusa sandstone due to issues that date back to the 1970s. Around that time, a masonry contractor was hired for exterior repairs that resulted in coating parts of the structure with a material made of water, cement and an acrylic bonding agent used for concrete and mortars.

“Large areas of the façade had light colored streaks that adversely impacted the aesthetic of the unit masonry façade,” Ferry Building’s restoration page notes.

Architectural Resources Group, a historic restoration design firm, has been tasked to oversee the project by Hudson Pacific and Allianz Real Estate, which acquired the Ferry Building in October 2018. The two companies hope the Architectural Resources Group meets their preservation criteria.

“The Ferry Building is one of the city’s most important landmarks, cherished by residents and visitors alike,” Drew Gordon, Senior Vice President, Northern California at Hudson Pacific Properties, said. “We are eager to start on this restoration work to ensure all its historical features are preserved well into the future. We share a commitment with our partner Allianz to highlight the building’s original character and to contribute to the revitalization efforts of the Embarcadero and the San Francisco waterfront.”

The restoration project will be done in portions and last for about two years, though it won’t affect the Ferry Market shops, dining, businesses or the weekly CUESA’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

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Susana Guerrero is an SFGATE producer. Email: [email protected] | Twitter: @SusyGuerrero3