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Legislation Introduced to Landmark Parkside Library

On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar introduced legislation to designate the Parkside Library as a historic landmark. This community gem, opened in 1951, has served the neighborhood for over 70 years.

The Parkside branch library opened in 1951 with open space for reading with comfortable contemporary furniture and a fireplace. (Phillip Fein photograph, San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library, AAD-8582.)

Located at 1200 Taraval Street, it was the first of eight Modern-style city branches constructed by the architectural firm of Appleton & Wolfard. Unlike the classical grandeur of previously-constructed branch libraries in the Mission, Richmond, and the Haight, the Parkside Library was more like a cozy suburban house with comfortable seating, natural light from angled windows, exposed toned clay brick walls, and even a fireplace. 

We are thrilled that this designation will build upon our work with Parkside Heritage and with the Supervisor to recognize and preserve historic resources in the Parkside neighborhood. If you are interested in joining Parkside Heritage, visit this page to learn more.

The designation of the Parkside Library as a city landmark would build upon SF Heritage and Parkside Heritage’s work to recognize historic resources in the Parkside District, after our work to landmark the Trocadero in Stern Grove. Photo By Barry Schwartz. © Barry Schwartz. All Rights Reserved.
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