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.
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.