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Honoring “Heritage Heroes” at our Inaugural Landmark Luncheon

On Saturday, September 17, our inaugural “Landmark Luncheon” celebrated SF Heritage’s work to protect and promote San Francisco’s unique built and cultural heritage, featuring important 2022 partnerships, collaborations, and impact. Hosted by chef Kathy Fang at FANG Restaurant‘s beautiful upstairs banquet room, public sector leaders, SF Heritage members, community activists and historic preservation professionals joined as a unique and powerful cross-section of San Francisco’s frontlines of preservation efforts.

Our program honored preservation wins in the fields of landmarking, cultural districts, and legacy businesses. We plan to organize the Landmark Luncheon as an annual event.

After a short networking period and over a seated lunch and formal program, SF Heritage CEO & President Karalyn Monteil was joined by board members Sharaya Souza (American Indian Cultural District), Moe Jamil (San Francisco City Attorneys Office), Elisa Hernandez Skaggs (Page & Turnbull), and Kerri Young, SF Heritage Communications & Program Manager, in highlighting the efforts of groups and individuals who were instrumental in historic and cultural preservation advocacy for historic landmarking, cultural districts, and legacy businesses in San Francisco. Below are our special honorees – our “Heritage Heroes” for 2022:

2022 Heritage Heroes


Landmarking of St. James Presbyterian Church

· Visitacion Valley History Project: Edie Epps, Russel Morine, Cynthia Cox, Betty Parshall

· St. James Presbyterian Church: Pastor Fernando Del Rosario and Church Elders

· Supervisor Shamann Walton, District 10, and Natalie Gee, Aide to Supervisor Walton

Landmarking of The Mothers Building (The Delia Fleishhacker Memorial Building)

· Richard Rothman, Community Volunteer

· Supervisor Myrna Melgar, District 7

Cultural Districts

Creation of the Sunset Chinese Cultural District

· Wah Mei School: Ben Wong, Lily Wong, Gabi Wu

· Supervisor Gordon Mar, District 4, and Li Lovett, Aide to Supervisor Mar

Legacy Businesses

Retention and Promotion of Legacy Businesses, with a focus on the Haight-Ashbury

· Office of Small Business, Legacy Business Program: Richard Kurylo, Michelle Reynolds

· Supervisor Dean Preston, District 5

Thank you to all our community partners, our board and our staff, and major sponsor City National Bank for this successful event! Below are some snapshots from the day:

Seated guests at the Landmark Luncheon, at FANG Restaurant’s upstairs dining room.
SF Heritage’s President & CEO Karalyn Monteil introduces the program.
Fang Restaurant owner Kathy Fang, whose father Peter Fang opened legacy business House of Nanking (919 Kearny Street), discuss her family’s legacy.
SF Heritage board member Elisa Hernandez Skaggs (left) presents community advocate Richard Rothman and District 7 Supervisor Myrna Melgar with certificates in honor of their efforts to landmark the Mothers Building.
SF Heritage’s Kerri Young and Karalyn Monteil speak with Supervisor Melgar.
Michelle Reynolds and Richard Kurylo from the SF Office of Small Business’s Legacy Business Registry Program were honored for their support of legacy businesses in the city, including during our Heritage in the Neighborhoods: Haight-Ashbury spotlight month.
SF Heritage’s Karalyn Monteil and Kerri Young with Stephen Torres, Advisory Board Executive Co-Chair of the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District.
SF Heritage board member Sharaya Souza greets Supervisor Gordon Mar (alongside Lily Wong, Gabi Wu, and Lil Lovett) during the recognition of the Sunset Chinese Cultural District.
Natalie Gee, Aide to Supervisor Walton, during the recognition of the landmarking of St. James Presbyterian Church.
Visitacion Valley History Project members Russel Morine (left) and Edie Epps (right) with St. James Presbyterian Church’s pastor Fernando del Rosario at the Landmark Luncheon.

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