Despite a draft motion that led us to believe that San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission would disapprove recommending that the Board of Supervisors designate the Appleton & Wolfard designed North Beach Brach Library a landmark, apparently the Commission voted 4-3 the other way.
From the findings of said draft:

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) [for a new North Beach Branch Library and upgraded Joe DiMaggio Playground], the proposed project and the alternatives to the project will be vetted by the public, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the Planning Commission in order to determine the project or alternative that minimizes impacts to the environment and meets the goals of the City.

The EIR also takes into account potential environmental effects other than cultural resources and at this time the Historic Preservation Commission acknowledges that the Planning Department wishes to maintain the greatest flexibility in order to fully evaluate the proposed project against all Planning polices and quality-of-life issues associated with the project.

Or not. It’s now on (and up) to the Board.
Motion To Disapprove North Beach Library Landmark Recommendation []
An Only In North Beach NIMBY Preservationist Argument: Shelves [SocketSite]
North Beach Library And Playground Plans Like You Read About [SocketSite]
North Beach library designated an S.F. landmark [SFGate]

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    warm weather sap flows
    save honorable book shelves
    vision turns amber

  2. Posted by lol

    This is my library. I never considered the bookshelves as significant or special. The library in itself looks kind of out of place and participates in the “nothing interesting until Ghirardelli’s” feel of the Stockton-to-North-Point stretch of Columbus. Please please put something that will revitalize this area.

  3. Posted by Pesky Peskin

    Will they rename it in honor of the mighty midge??

  4. Posted by marvinsnephew

    Once again the HPC acts like morons. Can’t wait to have out of town guests so I can show them the beauty of historic SF! What crap!

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