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The proposed rehabilitation of Woods and Richardson Halls and redevelopment of the 55 Laguna campus, including the building of 413 new housing units and a park, is set to take a step forward this week as San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission is slated to sign-off on the plan to document and selectively preserve the historic elements of the site.
55 Laguna Revised Site Plan
Included in the preservation plan, the WPA-era murals and mosaics, including Reuben Kadish’s “A Dissertation on Alchemy” in Woods Hall which has seen better days:



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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Adam

    Good to know that the murals and artwork will be preserved. That last photo is disgusting.

  2. Posted by lol

    Does it mean that the rabbit will stay?

  3. Posted by lyqwyd

    Yeah, that defacement is tragic, very happy to hear it will be repaired. Glad to hear there will be a good deal of housing added as well.

  4. Posted by Invented

    Project is taking forever. How did the bunker-like dental clinic get approved on a National Historic site? Contradictions abound.

  5. Posted by BobN

    I sometimes wonder if the “restoration” industry is in cahoots with the administrative folks who are so derelict in their duty to protect shuttered properties.

  6. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    Kind of reminds me of what happened to building 101 out at pier 70. At least it looks as if that alchemy mural wasn’t totally destroyed. It is still restorable.
    I hope that the development plans here allow the addition or more doorways to the four streets surrounding this site. The current configuration does little to encourage people to visit this site on foot and a lot to encourage driving.

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