On November 1, SF Heritage helped celebrate the vibrant restoration of Para Las Rosas/For the Roses, a mural by artist Juana Alicia that has adorned the exterior of 855 Treat Avenue —home of the San Francisco Mime Troupe— since 1985. This mural is a legacy work of art that preserves the history of the neighborhood, the Mime Troupe’s plays, and the cultural heritage of its former occupants, Fantasy Records. Preservation and restoration of this significant mural from the Mission’s public art renaissance, a piece celebrating jazz music, political theater, and movements for peace and social, racial, and gender justice, is vital to the cultural and educational life of the city, and SF Heritage has been proud to serve on the mural restoration committee since 2021.
Over the past few months, Juana, with help from local artists, completed this vibrant restoration, ensuring that this piece of community art is preserved for future generations. The full restoration followed an initial pilot restoration in late 2021 focused on the mural’s Lenny Bruce figure (the famous comedian recorded at Fantasy Records, which was formerly housed at 855 Treat Avenue).
We hope to have a larger community celebration and block party early next year, so stay tuned!