In front of San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission’s Architectural Review Committee this Wednesday, the application to convert the landmark Metro Theater at 2055 Union “to a health/fitness center and to alter the front façade, including replacement of the storefronts and the installation of new window openings.”
At the exterior, the work includes altering the front façade by replacing the storefronts and creating new window openings. At the interior, the work includes reconfiguring and dividing the existing spaces to create three full floor levels and one partial floor level. The proposal would preserve the murals within the auditorium intact by pulling the new floors away from the side walls. It would also uncover and preserve the Ionic columns, grilles, and urns located inside the auditorium. The work would eliminate the sloped auditorium floor and the remaining finishes of the interior.
As the theater looks today:
∙ San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission Agenda: 9/15/10 [sf-planning.org]
∙ 2055 Union Street/Metro Theater conversion application [sf-planning.org]
∙ Union Street’s Metro Theater: Saving Its Skin In Order To Un-Shutter [SocketSite]