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Who Really Owns the Right to the Elbo Room?
The Bold Italic
November 18, 2014

Like many other Legacy establishments, the owners of the Elbo Room do not own the building, and may be displaced because of it.

Exploring the Colorful Pasts of San Francisco’s Legendary Bars and Restaurants
Where
November 11, 2014

Legacy Bars and restaurants are profiled.

Is Historic Preservation Ready to Preserve Culture as well as Architecture?
Engaging Places (blog)
November 2014

Heritage’s policy paper “Sustaining San Francisco’s Living History: Strategies for Conserving Cultural Heritage Assets” is discussed.

Library Helps Latinos and Others Digitize History
Mission Local
October 15, 2014

On October 11th, Heritage co-hosted an event to teach preservation techniques for photographs, documents, and resources.

High Rents Are Forcing Legacy Restaurants, Bars Out of San Francisco (video)
Kron News
October 13, 2014

New legislation is trying to protect old businesses from SF real estate boom
KGO News
October 13, 2014

Legislation is discussed that will create a Legacy Business Registry, along with incentives to help longstanding businesses purchase their building or extend their lease.

Taking Care of Business in SF’s High Turnover Climate
San Francisco Chronicle
October 12, 2014

San Francisco is constantly changing in many ways- one way being a high turnover among longstanding businesses.

Ideas for Preserving Our Small Businesses and Creative Spaces
Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
October 10, 2014

A blog review of Heritage’s recent policy paper, “Sustaining San Francisco’s Living History”

SF Development Boom Swallows Up Historic Family Businesses
San Francisco Chronicle
September 30, 2014

Houzz Tour: San Francisco’s Haas-Lilienthal House
Houzz
August 4, 2014

For 128 years the large house has stood at the intersection of Franklin and Jackson streets in San Francisco, and time has done little to diminish the beauty of the Queen Anne–style Victorian with its distinctive witch’s cap turret and its elaborate trim decked with flowers, garlands and sunbursts.

For Some, SF Latino History Began with Irish Songs
Mission Local
June 18, 2014

As a boy, Francisco Camplis acquired a repertoire of songs that would have served him well in Dublin. Never mind that Camplis, now 80 years old, was the son of two Mexican immigrants in SoMa. Like his compadres he attended St. Patrick’s School on Fifth Street and every St. Patrick’s Day they learned three Irish songs.

San Francisco – and Sean Penn – show a city’s heritage bars are worth saving
The Guardian
June 11, 2014

The Californian city’s Legacy Bars and Restaurants program is part of a worldwide movement, from Barcelona to Buenos Aires, to identify and protect places of social significance.

Latino Cultural Corridor officially designated by the city
El Tecolote
May 29, 2014

Merchants, activists, city officials and community members of all ages gathered at a bustling corner of the 24th and Harrison street intersection on the afternoon of May 23 to celebrate a victory in the struggle to preserve the roots of San Francisco’s Latino culture.

Mission Residents Celebrate Calle 24 Designation
ABC 7 News
May 23, 2014

Considered the heart of the Latino culture, 24th Street has been designated the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District.

Techies Inventing Future and Reinventing Historic Buildings
San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2014

Here’s today’s great idea: Let’s stop scorning the techies in our midst.

A Mission for the Mission: Preserve Latino Legacy for Future
San Francisco Chronicle
April 22, 2014

San Francisco’s Mission District is the nucleus of the city’s Latino culture, boasting a rich history that began in the 1800s with Mexican land grants and the Gold Rush and continued in the 20th century with the Chicano movement, mural projects and the low-rider culture.

Scavenger Hunt Will Celebrate San Francisco’s Notorious Neon
The California Modernist
March 18, 2014

It’s not often that the snobs of New York concede that provincial places like San Francisco best the Big Apple in anything. But the folks behind New York Neon Blog have a confession to make.

Historic photos ‘pinned’ to digital map tell stories of Jewish life in the Bay Area
J Weekly
February 13, 2014

Remember Waxman’s Bakery in San Francisco’s Fillmore District? Probably not, since it hasn’t been around for nearly 100 years. But now anyone can go back in time on Sourdough & Rye,  a new online collection of historic photographs, videos and film clips, and see images of Jewish life in the Bay Area over the last 150 years.

SF Heritage Celebrates Classic Bars and Restaurants
SF Examiner
January 19, 2014

When Mike Buhler first heard last year that the owners of the Palace Hotel were trying to sell Maxfield Parrish’s “The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” he was loath to believe it.

Exodus
The New Fillmore
January 2014

Five decades ago, the heart was ripped out of the Fillmore District and thousands of once magnificent Victorian homes were destroyed as part of an ambitious but ultimately disastrous attempt at urban renewal. Many of the scars remain today.

Plans For Latino ‘Cultural Corridor’ on 24th Street
Mission Local
January 2, 2014

Change is coming to Lower 24th Street in 2014, and, this time, it’s not gentrification. Rather, the stretch of 24th Street between Mission Street and Potrero Avenue is about to dig in and formalize its Latino roots. A community-led effort to turn Lower 24th Street into a protected cultural corridor will rev up this month.

Raising the Bar on Preservation
Preservation Leadership Forum
December 17, 2013

I’ve been on a quest recently. I want to find exactly what it is that ties the many complicated aspects of our heritage to our equally complex motivations to protect it. Rather conveniently, I’ve come to the conclusion that the answer may lurk in the corner tavern.

Young Explorers Discover San Francisco’s Architectural and Cultural Heritage
PreservationNation
December 4, 2013

Pencils raised, a group of 25 middle school students set to work sketching San Francisco’s 1898 Ferry Building, paying close attention to the waterfront structure’s Beaux Arts details.

San Francisco Architectural Heritage Inducts 25 New Legacy Bars and Restaurants
San Francisco Chronicle
November 18, 2013

Today, the San Francisco Architectural Heritage organization inducted 25 new local bars and restaurants into their Legacy collection, joining the 50 San Francisco businesses already on the list.

San Francisco’s Historic Neon Comes to Life
Eichler Network
November 14, 2013

We see them every day, so much in fact that they blend into the streetscape, frequently beyond our notice. But when we stop to think about neon signs, their technology, and their history, we find fascinating stories that help us better understand our city.

Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins: Halloween Thrills at National Treasures
PreservationNation
October 31, 2013

Creaking stairs, mysterious drafts, and flickering lights are year-round attractions at most historic houses. And there’s no better time than Halloween to celebrate those things that make chills run down your spine.

Pied Piper Bar & Grill: A Painting’s Triumphant Return to the Palace Hotel Bar
SF Weekly
September 18, 2013

After public outcry and six months of restoration, Maxfield Parrish’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin is back at the Palace Hotel for good.

Restored Pied Piper Returns To Namesake Bar
San Francisco Chronicle
August 23, 2013

With a Champagne toast and a deep bow to more than a century of tradition, the famous Maxfield Parrish painting “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” returned to San Francisco’s Palace Hotel on Thursday.

Moving Forward on Saving the Past
San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2013

A modest new exhibition on historic preservation in downtown San Francisco discreetly touches on a much larger point: the need for the movement to contemplate its future as well as the past.

7 Architectural Preservation Projects in San Francisco
Dwell
July 15, 2013

SPUR, aka the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, has been the driving force behind awareness-raising architectural and urban initiatives in SF since 1910. It’s still a resonant organization for Dwell‘s home city, and this month, SPUR’s publication The Urbanist, with the help of San Francisco Architectural Heritage, delves into a topic we can’t get enough of: new life for old buildings.

Preserving San Francisco’s ‘Living History’
KQED Forum
June 14, 2013

San Francisco’s Marcus Books, billed as the oldest black bookstore in the United States, may be on the brink of closure. Supporters are rallying to save it. But can the city retain its historic and diverse businesses and institutions in the face of gentrification and rising real estate prices?

S.F.: A City of Restaurants and Bars
San Francisco Chronicle
April 14, 2013

There is only one thing that unites all of the various tribes of San Francisco, and it’s not the Giants. It’s a love of eating and drinking, and it seems to involve everyone in the city, from San Franciscans who have been here forever to those who just got here Tuesday.

San Francisco Legacy Bars: A Toast
San Francisco Chronicle
April 1, 2013

You know you are not in Kansas anymore when the guardian of your city’s heritage asks the citizens to help draw up a list of bars, dives, and haunts that have become part of the city’s cultural legacy.

Palace Hotel Evicts Famous Painting
San Francisco Chronicle
March 24, 2013

The famous Maxfield Parrish painting “The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” which has graced the main bar of San Francisco’s Palace Hotel since the bar opened 103 years ago, was taken down Friday and will be sold at auction.

Palace Hotel Removes ‘Cultural Treasure’
San Francisco Chronicle
March 22, 2013

The owners of San Francisco’s Palace Hotel have removed the famous Maxfield Parrish Pied Piper painting that has graced the hotel’s main bar for over a century and plan to sell it at auction.

‘Legacy’ Buildings Embody Cultural Waves
San Francisco Chronicle
January 29, 2013

In a city where the 264 official landmarks include City Hall, 23 churches and the Ferry Building, the latest additions to the list are two bars.

Kosher Christmas at the Haas-Lilienthal House
SF Weekly
December 20, 2012

The Haas-Lilienthal House was donated to San Francisco Architectural Heritage in 1974, but every December 24, descendants of William and Bertha Haas take out the one set of keys they kept and unlock the front door to 2007 Franklin Street.

A Second Chance for Historic Bank Building
The Wall Street Journal
December 20, 2012

The boarded up Hibernia Bank building, a 19th-century architectural jewel that once housed one of the oldest banking institutions in San Francisco, is set to be brought back to life.

A Treasure Awaits Discovery
San Francisco Chronicle
October 14, 2012

Hundreds of cars zip along Franklin Street every day heading for the Marina district, for the Golden Gate Bridge and points north. It is a very busy street and driving along you might take a quick glance at the big gray Victorian on the west side of Franklin, just past Washington Street.

Haas-Lilienthal House Now a ‘National Treasure’
J Weekly
October 11, 2012

San Francisco’s Haas-Lilienthal House, a structure steeped in Jewish history, was selected last week by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of 34 sites across the country to receive a National Treasure designation.

Haas-Lilienthal House Declared “National Treasure”
SF Weekly
October 11, 2012

The Haas-Lilienthal House has just been declared a “National Treasure,” an honor bestowed on the Victorian residence by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Recent Acquisitions: Two-Story Dollhouse Isn’t Child’s Play
SF Weekly
October 5, 2012

Is a dollhouse from 1890 considered a recent acquisition? Yes, if this dollhouse just happens to be in a house built in 1886.

Painters Scale Women’s Building to Restore the “MaestraPeace” Mural
Mission Local 
September 13, 2012

Five painters are climbing nine levels of scaffolding to repair the weathered “MaestraPeace” mural that adorns the Women’s Building. Their brushstrokes are guided by bonds of art and friendship that they forged during its creation nearly 20 years ago.

Pier 29 Facade Should be Easy to Restore
San Francisco Chronicle
June 27, 2012

If the previous items didn’t convince you that the preservation movement takes many forms, consider the lineup of upcoming lectures being sponsored by San Francisco Architectural Heritage.

The Day After the Pier 29 Fire
NBC Bay Area
June 21, 2012

Heritage Executive Director Mike Buhler discusses the significance of Pier 29 and the continuum of historically significant bulkhead structures along the waterfront.

Bridge Symposium
San Francisco Examiner
May 31, 2012

San Francisco Architectural Heritage presents “Spanning Space and Time,” a symposium on the Golden Gate Bridge.

New Call By Developer On Historic Tower
The Wall Street Journal
March 8, 2012

A historic skyscraper in downtown San Francisco, the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph building, empty for almost six years, is about to become a hub of construction activity as a $50 million-plus modernization project begins. “They are doing some pretty significant upgrades and making a major investment in the building to ensure its long-term preservation,” said Mike Buhler, executive director of Heritage, of the new plans.

The Learned Docent
The New Fillmore
February 2012

Gaul is one of about 50 docents who lead tours of the Haas-Lilienthal House, which was donated by descendants of some of the city’s most prominent families as a home for San Francisco Architectural Heritage, the historic preservation group.

In Memoriam: Marjorie Gordon
San Francisco Chronicle
December 11, 2011

Marty had a small architectural practice, served on the Belvedere Tiburon Landmarks Society and on the board of San Francisco Architectural Heritage. Through Heritage she developed creative and popular programs for teaching San Francisco children about their architectural heritage. Her work was presented at a UNESCO conference and was written up in National Trust magazine.

San Francisco is 2 Cities: Separate and Unequal
San Francisco Chronicle
Carl Nolte, December 11, 2011

At 1235 Mission, on the south side of the street, is a three-story building with a flamboyant facade in bright colors – a Moorish design, like the Alhambra in Spain. In the best of times, San Francisco’s Architectural Heritage organization thought the building was worthy of landmark status.

Holiday Gift Guide: Books on Architecture
San Francisco Chronicle
John King, November 20, 2011

“Port City: The History and Transformation of the Port of San Francisco, 1848-2010,” by Michael R. Corbett (San Francisco Architectural Heritage; 248 pages; $65). Our waterfront from every conceivable historical and architectural angle. It concludes with a look at every structure now in place – and the smart observation that “San Francisco must craft its own unique vision for the future of the port.”

Open House
Old House Interiors
November/December 2011

The Queen Anne-style Haas-Lilienthal House was, one of the most exquisite homes in San Francisco to survive the 1906 earthquake and fire. It was designed in 1886 by Peter R. Schmidt for William Haas, a prominent merchant of German—Jewish descent. Three generations of the Haas and Lilienthal families lived here until 1973, when the family donated the 11,500-square-foot house and most of its furnishings to what is now San Francisco Architectural Heritage.

Neighborhood News: You’re Invited This Month
The New Filmore
October 2011

The Haas-Lilienthal House at 2007 Franklin Street is celebrating its 125th birthday by inviting neighbors to come by for a Free Community Day Tour on Sunday, October 23.

Time for a Dialogue on Historic Preservation
San Francisco Chronicle, opinion editorial
Mike Buhler, July 4, 2011

As San Francisco’s leading historic preservation advocate, we have sought to dispel myths about historic preservation and highlight its undeniable benefit to our city while acknowledging that there are some legitimate concerns regarding how policies are implemented that need to be addressed.

A Future Rooted in San Francisco History
San Francisco Chronicle
Mike Buhler, May 2, 2011

At its core, historic preservation is forward-looking. Preservationists believe we should carefully reflect before permanently discarding our historic places. This is not because we want the city to live in the past, but because we have our sights set on a brighter future.

In Memoriam: John Schmiedel
San Francisco Chronicle
February 11, 2011

John Schmiedel Passionate connoisseur of food and wine, patron of the arts and animal welfare causes, accomplished architect, and dedicated preservationist of his native San Francisco, died peacefully on February 4, 2011 at the age of 72. Donations to S.F. Architectural Heritage.

AIA Gives 3 Bay Area Projects Honor Awards
San Francisco Chronicle
John King, January 25, 2011

I know it’s only January, but here’s my nomination for Bay Area history book of the year: “Port City: The History and Transformation of the Port of San Francisco, 1848-2010.” As the title indicates, this self-published tome from San Francisco Architectural Heritage offers more than eye candy and break-bulk (non-containerized goods) nostalgia.

A Grand Old House for Music
San Francisco Examiner
Janos Gereben, October 17, 2010

Architecture, historic preservation, chamber music and jazz combine in benefit concerts in and for the Haas-Lilienthal House, which, with its gables and circular tower, is one of San Francisco’s most distinctive structures. Preservation is just one mission of San Francisco Architectural Heritage, a nonprofit organization located in the building.