Posts Tagged ‘exterior’

New SFPUC Building at 525 Golden Gate Has Lots and Lots and Lots of Louvers

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

That’s what I’m calling them, louvers.

This is the south-facing wall of our new EcoPalace:

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This building is a bit different, anyway.

San Francisco’s Worst NIMBY-Historical-Neighborhood Group of 2010 Has Got to Be “Save Stow Lake”

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I don’t know, numerous people have told me that the people behind the Save Stow Lake website/group/social movement have been paid off by the long-time tenant of the place, but I don’t have any evidence of that except for the monomaniacal focus the people behind the group manifest.

I’ve seen a lot of NIMBY / homeowner / historical groups in my day, but these people take the cake.

Could it be parody, or performance art? Maybe somebody wants to tarnish ALL historical groups? I can’t tell…

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Anyway, have at it, see if you can tell from their latest missive. Enjoy:

Save the Stow Lake Boathouse Coalition
It’s not over yet!

The lease has not yet been approved by the Board of Supervisors and there are many reasons it should not be approved.

Supervisor Eric Mar sold out thousands of his constituents and began fast tracking thedeeply flawed lease to a New Mexico based souvenir chain with no boating experienceNINE days BEFORE the Rec & Park Commission voted to approve it. In spite of overwhelming opposition from the community and a lease that gives the New Mexico chain a discount, is full full of inaccuracies and embedded with high hidden costs to the taxpayers, Mar is sponsoring this lease. WHY?
Contact Supervisor Eric Mar [Redacted]

Phil Ginsburg, Rec & Park General Manager, says “every dollar counts” and that Rec & Park has a huge deficit, which is why he lays off gardeners, rec directors for our kids… but on Dec. 2nd, Rec & Park refused the New Mexico chain’s offer to pay an extra $175k guaranteed rent each year! Clearly Rec & Park staff Phil Ginsburg & Nick Kinsey, failed to negotiate the best terms available to San Franciscans who are facing a huge budget deficit and our giving business and our boathouse to an out-of-state company.

Stow Lake Boathouse “Nominated” for Landmark Status? – The Exterior and Interior Both? – Planning Commission to Review?

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

[UPDATE: Per Sarah Ballard, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at San Francisco Recreation and Parks, “no formal action had been taken” by the Planning Department as to landmarking the inside, the outside or any side of the Stow Lake Boathouse. Apparently, this process would have to be initiated at a hearing and that hasn’t happened yet. Apparently, Planning staff regards the information they’ve just received about Stow Lake as being merely a letter from a constituent, something that doesn’t necessarily need a reply. And apparently, all of Golden Gate Park could at some point become an “Historic District,” so maybe there’s some confusion over that. We’ll see how this all shakes out…]

[UPDATE II: An [alleged, see Comments] area millionaire feels it’s her right to make up stuff and post it to the web – see her comments in the Comments. She’s good at making and spending money, and she’s into historic preservation, evidenced by her spending up to seven figures on one house just for the pleasure, but she’s not good at making cohesive arguments. One wonders why she herself doesn’t just kick in six figures for the boathouse the way that “evil,” “out of state” corporation has already volunteered to do. One wonders….]

The latest salvo in the battle over the Boathouse at Stow Lake has done been fired. Check it, from the webpages of

“11/3/10 Update: The formal nomination for the Stow Lake Boathouse to be designated as a local landmark has been made.* In the months to come it will be reviewed by SF Planning Department Preservation staff and the Historic Preservation Commission. The nomination is for landmark designation of BOTH the interior and the exterior of the boathouse.”

Landmark status, here we come?

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Of course, pretty much anybody can raise the idea of nominating anything for anything, right? In that sense, this gambit is similar to gang founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize back in the day.

And landmark status can be tough to get, right? Oh well.

Anyway, this will be just more grist for the mill in the seemingly endless process to get the Boathouse off of a month-to-month lease, something that’s been costing San Francisco beaucoup bucks for years.

Speaking of which, there’ll be a couple of meetings concerning the Boathouse coming up. Appears as if the people at don’t want to tell you about tonight’s get-together (something to do with alleged improper notice) but it’s your choice:

First Meeting:
Date: Wednesday November 3, 2010
Time: 7PM
Location: Hall of Flowers (County Fair Building)

Second Meeting:
Date: Monday November 8, 2010
Time: 1PM
Location: Hall of Flowers (County Fair Building)

On It Goes…

*I’ll note the use of passive voice here. My understanding is that one of these people below would be needed to get any landmarking process started. Don’t see anything about this on today’s agenda anyway. And isn’t there a movement afoot to landmark the entire Golden Gate Park, as opposed to doing it piecemeal? Mmmm.

Alan Martinez

SEAT 1 Historic Architect

512 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

415-626-9379 (W)
415-626-9389 (Fax)

Andrew Wolfram

SEAT 2 Historic Architect

Perkins + Will
185 Berry Street
Lobby One, Suite 5100
San Francisco, CA 94107

415-546-2914 (W)
415-856-3001 (Fax)

Charles Edwin Chase

SEAT 3 Architectural Historian

Architectural Resource Group
Pier 9, Embarcadero, Suite 109
San Francisco, CA 94111

415-421-1680 (W)
415-421-0127 (Fax)

James M. Buckley

SEAT 4 Historian

1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

415-786-2885 (W)
415-681-4542 (H)

Courtney Damkroger

SEAT 5 Preservation Professional
Vice President

2626 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

415-923-0920 (H)

Karl Hasz

SEAT 6 General Contractor

1650 Mission Street, Suit 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

Diane Matsuda

SEAT 7 At Large

John Burton Foundation
235 Montgomery Street, Suite 1142
San Francisco, CA 94104

415-693-1321 (Direct Line)
415-348-0011 (W)
415-348-0099 (Fax)

Exxon Gettyburg Leaving Our Doomed Ghost Fleet – A Clean-Up in S.F. and then Death

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

If the Gettysburg (nee Exxon Gettysburg, nee Esso Gettysburg) were a little more historical then maybe she’d be getting better treatment, maybe she’d be getting turned into a floating museum ‘n stuff. But as it stands, she’s marked for death and destined for Hell.  

Seems the U.S. Department of Defense and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) just had her plucked from the Suisun Bay National Defense Reserve Fleet (aka the Ghost Fleet) and sent to San Francisco for a makeover. It’s an ongoing thing – you can see this former supertanker sitting in drydock down at Pier 70 these days while she gets a thorough cleaning from BAE Systems.

See? Hello San Francisco, good-bye marine growth and loose exterior paint!

And then she’ll get towed under our famous bridges and down through the Panama Canal and then to Texas. It’ll be her last trip ever.  

Can you see the Dos Equis on the side of the ship? Those X’es stand for Exxon, right? Yes, as in Exxon Gettysburg

Oh well. She was a BFD back in the day, back in 1957 anyway.