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Contribute to a Legacy

The Grabhorn Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2000 to preserve and continue the use of one of the last integrated typefoundry, letterpress printing, and bookbinding facilities, and to operate it as a living museum and educational and cultural center. Its programs include apprenticeships, public tours, classes, exhibitions, and a lecture series. Contributions to the Grabhorn Institute are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Your gift will be acknowledged with a letter of thanks for tax purposes.

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“There is now no other business like it anywhere in the world. You are, so far as I know, truly unique in the literal and only sense of the word.” –Richard Lawrence, Oxford, England


For questions, suggestions, or to discuss making a contribution to the Grabhorn Institute, please contact Andrew Hoyem or Diana Ketcham at:

Grabhorn Institute
1802 Hays Street, The Presidio
San Francisco, CA 94129
Telephone: 415-668-2548
Fax: 415-668-2550
Web site:

Recognition for
the Grabhorn Institute

An irreplaceable legacy
The Grabhorn Institute is designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as part of “the nation's irreplaceable historical and cultural legacy” under its Save America's Treasures program, in recognition of the Institute's work to preserve the typecasting and letterpress printing operation of Arion Press and M & H Type.

William Stout talk and exhibit on books by and about Frank Lloyd Wright

William Stout speaking on books designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright

California Heritage Council
The Grabhorn Institute has been recognized with a California Heritage Council Award in 2002 for &lduo;preservation of the last fully functioning type foundry and integrated letterpress printing facility.&rduo;

Preserving historic equipment and keeping alive disappearing crafts
“The collaboration among Arion Press, M & H Type, and the Grabhorn Institute is a model for preserving historic manufacturing equipment, keeping alive disappearing crafts, and printing beautiful artifacts — all in one enterprise.” –Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

A model of adaptive use
“I am writing in support of the Arion Press/Grabhorn Institute, a rare historic printing operation in San Francisco. In the last decade, Arion Press has been perfectly relocated in the laundry facility of the former Presidio Hospital overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Their use of the space is a model of adaptive use that is consistent with the Presidio Trust's aims for the former US Army base. In my view as a preservationist, the Arion Press at the Presidio is a great fit.” –John H. Stubbs, Vice President Field Projects, World Monuments Fund

School group listening to a speaker in the gallery

School group listening to a speaker
in the gallery