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Then and Now: Preservation in the Tenderloin

The former Central YMCA at 220 Golden Gate Avenue has been rehabilitated as an affordable housing complex, now named the Kelly Cullen Community. Photo courtesy of the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development.

Join Heritage for the conclusion of our popular 2012 lecture series in one of San Francisco’s most historically and architecturally rich neighborhoods. Panelists Mara Blitzer, Kathy Looper, and Randy Shaw will lead an unforgettable discussion on how Tenderloin residents and community leaders have used socially-conscious preservation tools to prevent displacement and to cultivate neighborhood pride.

Kathy Looper will provide a historic context for the Tenderloin, focusing on the SRO preservation movement during the 1970s and 1980s. Randy Shaw will present recent preservation efforts, including the Uptown Tenderloin, and Mara Blitzer will discuss the rehabilitation of the former Central YMCA building (our venue) for use as affordable housing.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, November 15 at Kelly Cullen Community, located at 220 Golden Gate Avenue. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $8 for Heritage members. A special thank you to our hosts at the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and to our sponsors Knapp Architects, Holmes Culley, and Tom Eliot Fisch.

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