Friday, September 3, 2010
San Francisco's 1959 North Beach Branch as Landmark?
Link to August 31 San Francisco Chronicle article.
Excerpt: San Francisco's North Beach branch library is a case study in where the preservation movement is going - and how, in some cases, it's in danger of going too far.
The 1959 structure resembles an oversize ranch house, albeit one with thick brick walls and too few windows. It can't expand without disrupting the playground that hems it in on three sides. And far from being unique, it is one of eight branches designed by the firm Appleton & Wolfard between 1951 and 1965.
Despite all this, there is a good chance that the city's Historic Preservation Commission will recommend that the library be declared a landmark at its meeting Wednesday.