Lecture Series

Heritage’s 2013 Lecture Series has concluded. Thank you to our presenters, sponsors, volunteers, and guests for making this year’s program a tremendous success! The line-up for our 2014 series will be announced in the spring, so please be sure to check back for updates.


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Gold Dust Lounge_ JMazzolaa on Flickr

Gold Dust Lounge. Photo by JMazzolaa/Flickr.

Grub, Brew, and Java: The Culinary Heritage of San Francisco
Thursday, July 18
Gold Dust Lounge, 165 Jefferson Street

Anthony Veerkamp of the National Trust for Historic Preservation moderated a lively panel on the making of San Francisco through its bars and restaurants, as well as efforts to preserve heritage businesses worldwide. Panelists included H. Joseph Ehrmann (Elixir) and Cat Hill (Gold Dust Lounge).



San Francisco Art Institute. Photo by Jeremy Blakeslee.

Juxtaposition and Transformation: Shaping the Image of the City
Thursday, August 8
SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street

Susan MacDonald of the Getty Conservation Institute examines the role of contemporary architecture in enhancing historic urban settings, presenting local and international case studies of the heritage of tomorrow. The lecture accompanied the exhibition “Adapt/Transform/Reuse.”

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Doelger 124 SF Planning

Photo by SF Planning Department.

Sunset for the Masses: The Influence of Henry Doelger
Thursday, October 17
St. Anne of the Sunset, 850 Judah Street

Mary Brown (San Francisco Planning Department) and Woody LaBounty (Western Neighborhoods Project) presented the history of the recently landmarked Doelger Homes Sales Office and the impact of visionary developer Henry Doelger on the Sunset District. 




YMCA Chinatown, Restored

YMCA Chinatown. Photo by Jeremy Brooks/Flickr.

Electrify the Sky: A History of Neon Signs in San Francisco
Thursday, November 21
Chinatown YMCA, 855 Sacramento Street

Eric Lynxwiler of the Museum of Neon Art illuminated San Francisco’s dynamic neon legacy and the role of signage in creating urban character, followed by a brief tour of neon signs in Chinatown.





Levi Plaza. Photo courtesy of ParkScan.

Levi Plaza. Photo courtesy of ParkScan.

Landscapes for a Modern City: Church and Halprin
Thursday, December 5
Pier 1, Bayside Conference Room

Landscape architect and U.C. Berkeley-extension professor J.C. Miller explored the pioneering work of modern landscape master architects Thomas Church and Lawrence Halprin in the Bay Area and their enduring cultural influence in the region.