February 4, 2013

55 Laguna Set To Take A Step Forward By Preserving The Past


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:

First Published: February 4, 2013 9:30 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

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

Posted by: Adam at February 4, 2013 9:36 AM

Does it mean that the rabbit will stay?

Posted by: lol at February 4, 2013 9:39 AM

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.

Posted by: lyqwyd at February 4, 2013 9:41 AM

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

Posted by: Invented at February 4, 2013 10:59 AM

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.

Posted by: BobN at February 4, 2013 11:59 AM

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.

Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at February 4, 2013 12:14 PM

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