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Nomination of City’s First Archaeological Landmark Moves Forward

The landmark nomination for Lincoln Park, site of San Francisco’s City Cemetery, passed the Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee on September 12, 2022. The proposed ordinance will be heard by the full board a second time in October (date tbd), and may be signed by the mayor as soon as early November.

Map of Lincoln Park and former City Cemetery boundaries, courtesy of SF Planning.

The land covered by a city golf course and the Legion of Honor museum still holds the bodies of more than 20,000 people interred before the cemetery’s closure in 1898. SF Heritage worked closely with the Planning Department and community groups to draft the designation, which would be San Francisco’s first primarily archeological city landmark. If passed, the Lincoln Park/City Cemetery landmark ordinance would represent one of the most important preservation accomplishments of recent years.

Looking northwest at City Cemetery from Geary Boulevard & 32nd Ave in 1900 (SFPL), with arrows marking the sites where various ethnic groups and social organizations had burial sections. Courtesy of SF Planning.

To view SF Planning’s sides from the landmark designation presentation to the Land Use Committee, which includes an overview of Lincoln Park’s character-defining features, visit here.

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