Engaging Preservation Changemakers
Heritage’s 2012 Lecture Series stepped outside the boundaries of traditional preservation to explore murals, Modernism, forgotten neighborhoods, and culturally significant resources. Engaging Preservation Changemakers included a diverse lineup of topics, speakers, venues, and co-sponsors. This year represented by far the widest range of themes covered as part of Heritage’s Annual Lecture Series.
Old Buildings, New Designs: The Secretary’s Standards Revisited
Thursday, July 12
Charles Bloszies, AIA, Alexa Arena, Tim Brandt, AIA, and Charles Chase, AIA, discussed the role of preservation in increasingly dense urban environments. The panel looked at the juxtaposition of old and new and the challenges facing designers in balancing stakeholder needs with preservation standards. One Kearny was a fitting venue with its combination of three distinct building types. Heritage Executive Director Mike Buhler moderated. Panelists in the preservation, development, and design fields also participated.
These Walls Can Speak: Telling the Stories of Queer Places
Thursday, August 16
GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th Street
Felicia Elizondo, Gerard Koskovich, Alan Martinez, Gerry Takano, and Shayne Watson led a sold-out discussion of the spaces and places that illuminate the rich history of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender life in California. Speakers demonstrated how queer historical sites are being preserved, documented, and interpreted—and highlighted innovations needed to ensure that significant sites are recognized and protected. The panel was moderated by Carson Anderson. This lecture was held in partnership with the GLBT Historical Society and HeritageYP.
Preserving San Francisco’s Murals: Lessons From SoCal
Thursday, September 13
The Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street
Internationally recognized Bay-area muralist and educator Juana Alicia kicked-off the event by providing a historical context of San Francisco’s mural movement. Josie S. Talamantez, co-founder of Chicano Park in San Diego, presented a case study on the park’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. Wrapping up the evening, Judy Baca – muralist, educator, and founding director of the Social and Public Art Resource Center in Los Angeles – discussed a recent partnership with the National Park Service to nominate The Great Wall of LA mural as a National Historic Landmark. The Women’s Building was a fitting venue for this important discussion as the organization is undertaking an effort to restore its magnificent MaestraPeace mural.
This lecture was held in partnership with The San Francisco Women’s Building.
The Modern Work of Gardner Dailey
Thursday, October 18
Pier 1, Bayside Conference Room
Paul Adamson, FAIA, explored the career of Gardner A. Dailey, one of the Bay Area’s leading architects from the late 1920s into the 1960s. Alongside William Wurster, Dailey was a leader in developing the Second Bay Tradition style. Despite having no formal architectural training he created an extensive and influential body of work, and his office launched the careers of other San Francisco architects, including Joseph Esherick. Some of Dailey’s significant San Francisco works include the Red Cross Headquarters, the Brazil Building for the 1939 World’s Fair, on Treasure Island, and Luther Burbank, (now Martin Luther King) Middle School. The 1949 Owens Residence in Sausalito embodies his use of straightforward cubic massing, crisp detailing and indoor-outdoor planning. He also designed several buildings on the UC Berkeley campus including Tolman Hall.
This lecture was held in partnership with DOCOMOMO-NOCA.
Then and Now: Preservation in the Tenderloin
Thursday, November 15
Kelly Cullen Community, 220 Golden Gate Avenue
Panelists will investigate how Tenderloin residents and community leaders have used preservation tools to prevent displacement and cultivate neighborhood pride. Kathy Looper will provide a historical context for the Tenderloin focusing on the SRO preservation movement during the 1970s and 1980s. Randy Shaw will present recent preservation efforts, and Mara Blitzer will discuss rehabilitation of the former Central YMCA building for use as affordable housing.