The City plans to demolish the old [North Beach branch library] and create public parkland on the site, and also on the short stretch of Mason Street that divides the new and old branch sites.
But the recently formed San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission agreed Wednesday to hold a hearing later this month to begin the process of determining whether the existing branch should be designated a historic landmark.
A historic landmark designation would prevent the 50-year-old building from being demolished.
The preservationists’ argument: “[T]he branch has historical significance because it was built during a revolutionary period in the history of libraries, when books started being placed on shelves for perusal by users.” Okay, and that the Appleton & Wolfard design is significant as well.
That being said, apparently the City plans to move ahead with the development of a new library and related Mason Street closure regardless.
∙ Old North Beach library may withstand razing [Examiner]
∙ North Beach Library And Playground Plans Like You Read About [SocketSite]
∙ Landmarks Preservation: Out Of The Frying Pan And Into The Fire? [SocketSite]