A request to approve the Planning Department’s recently completed South of Market (SoMa) Historic Resource Survey is another of the items on San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission agenda this afternoon.
The survey of 2,141 properties in the area bounded by Mission and Townsend and 1st and 13th Streets (click image above to enlarge) identified 282 potentially significant properties, 151 individually significant properties, and an additional 630 properties that together contribute to five (5) new historic districts:
1. The Bluxome and Townsend Warehouse Historic District: “Contributors to the Bluxome and Townsend Warehouse Historic District are all industrial warehouse buildings that were constructed in brick masonry or reinforced concrete.”
2. South End Historic District extension: “The contributing resources included in the appended area appear to be compatible with the “warehouse architectural form” theme of the South End Historic District.”
3. Sixth Street Lodginghouse Historic District: “The Sixth Street Lodginghouse District is a group of 33 low-budget residential hotels, or lodginghouses, built from 1906 through 1913, and a few low-rise commercial buildings.”
4. South Park Historic District: “Contributors to the South Park Historic District are industrial, commercial, and residential buildings that feature wood frame or concrete construction. The district has associations with both the Japanese and Philippine communities.”
5. West SoMa Light Industrial and Residential Historic District: “[This] Historic District is significant under Criterion A (Events) as a representation of a noteworthy trend in development patterns and the establishment of ethnic groups in San Francisco. It is also significant under National Register Criterion C (Design/Construction) as a representation of a group of properties that embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, and as a representation of a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction.”