As we first reported yesterday, San Francisco’s Planning Commission is slated to meet behind closed doors with legal counsel to discuss the pending litigation and consideration of settlement proposals with respect to the proposed development of 1601 Larkin Street, a site on which the dilapidated First St. John’s United Methodist Church currently stands.
The proposed development which was blocked by Planning last year featured the modern Stanley Saitowitz design as rendered above. But as a plugged-in reader notes, it would appear that Ian Birchall has been quietly drafted to redesign the development as “a contemporary interpretation of a European city apartment building” with “French-style balconies and tall glassy bays in a crisp limestone-like exterior cladding.”
Perhaps it’s an attempt to “settle” on a less modern design which San Francisco’s Planning Commission might find more appealing (and which the building’s more conservative Russian Hill neighbors might be less likely to appeal).
Which brings us right back to our 2010 piece entitled, “1601 Larkin Reignites An Architects Versus Planning Design Debate.” Yes, it’s déjà vu all over again.
∙ Behind Closed Doors: 1601 Larkin Settlement Discussions This Week [SocketSite]
∙ Development Of 1601 Larkin Disapproved By Planning Commission [SocketSite]
∙ 1601 Larkin: Comments, Responses And Latest Renderings [SocketSite]
∙ Planning Disapproves Of Proposed Height For 1601 Larkin Project [SocketSite]
∙ 1601 Larkin Reignites An Architects Versus Planning Design Debate [SocketSite]