On Thursday, December 13, 2018, the San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously voted to require the owner of the Largent House – designed by noted architect Richard Neutra and illegally razed in October 2017 – to rebuild the house at 49 Hopkins Street based on the original 1935 drawings. After a spate of unauthorized residential demolitions in San Francisco, the unprecedented decision by the Planning Commission has garnered international media coverage and stands as a powerful cautionary tale for future would-be offenders. The outcome is a testament to the tireless efforts of a broad coalition of community advocates working to spotlight and curb similar abuses across the city. Click here to read Heritage’s testimony at the hearing.
IN THE NEWS:
SF to developer who tore down landmark house: Rebuild it exactly as it was
SF Chronicle, December 15, 2018
A man illegally razed his historic San Francisco home. Now he must build a replica.
Washington Post, December 17, 2018
Owner who demolished famed San Francisco house must build replica
BBC, December 17, 2018
Man ordered to build replica of San Francisco home after illegally demolishing building
Fox News, December 17, 2018
Developer is ordered to build an EXACT replica of a landmark San Francisco home designed by a famed architect after he illegally demolished the $1.7million property to make way for a new mansion
Daily Mail (UK), December 17, 2018
Man who ‘illegally’ razed his historic San Francisco home must rebuild an exact replica
New Zealand Herald, December 18, 2018
City-ordered rebuild of landmark house stirs debate: Appropriate or overreach?
SF Chronicle, December 18, 2018