**All Marina Heritage posts** + Upcoming Town Hall meeting

October 30th, 2020 No Comments »

Kerri and Woody introduce the history of the Marina District in this webinar.

And just like that, our month spotlighting the people, history, and places of the Marina District for Heritage in the Neighborhoods has come to a close. However, our conversation will continue with YOU!

To follow-up on our #MarinaHeritage month, we will host a virtual town hall on November 12th, 6:00 PM PST to discuss potential preservation projects in the district. You don’t have to be a preservation expert to join the conversation, just a neighbor or someone who loves the district and wants to help protect its special places.

For some first project ideas, take a look at our full list of Marina posts produced throughout the month of October below.

If you’d like to join the Town Hall, send me an email and I’ll send you the Zoom login details: kyoung@sfheritage.org

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kerri Young
Communications and Programs Manager

Clockwise from upper-left: The Presidio Theatre on Chestnut Street, the historic wharves at Fort Mason Center, the San Francisco Gas Light Company building, and the Art Deco entrance of one of the Marina’s many apartment buildings.

Architectural Resources and Local Landmarks 
    • After the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) closed in December 1915, many proposals were made for the use of the 330-acre site. Richard Brandi talks about the growth of the Marina into a residential district.
    • Video: Woody looks at the birth of the Marina, and how plans for a new residential district took almost a decade to form.
    • Our coverage of the Marina District would not be complete without mentioning the iconic Palace of Fine Arts.
    • “Despite its country-club appearance and location […] the Marina Library is designed to supply two things in abundance—books and light.”
    • Video: Woody looks at some of the wonderful Art Deco facades and businesses on San Francisco’s Chestnut Street.
    • The Richardsonian-Romanesque style brick structure on the corner of Buchanan and North Point streets was built in 1893 as the office of the San Francisco Gas Light Company.
    • For 96 years, the field house at George R. Moscone Recreation Center has hosted community meetings, parties, children’s’ programs, and innumerable volleyball and basketball games in San Francisco’s Marina District.
    • Video: The Marina’s fantastic apartment buildings that take you around the world in different styles.
    • The Marina’s first public school was Winfield Scott Elementary, which is today Claire Lilienthal School.
    • Funded by a 1933 bond measure and grants from the federal Public Works Administration (PWA), Marina Middle School is one of several Marina District projects created with help from the New Deal programs.
    • Fort Mason, at the edge of the Marina District, began in the 1860s as a Civil War gun battery site, and in 1882 was named after Richard Barnes Mason, a former military governor of California.
    • The Marina has two standout theaters on the Chestnut Street commercial corridor, the Presidio Theatre and the Marina Theatre.
    • Video: Woody picks out a few favorite examples of Modern architecture in San Francisco’s Marina District and tosses out some ideas for future preservation projects.

**Note**All of our video pieces can be found on this Marina playlist on our Youtube channel. Please subscribe to make sure you don’t miss any new videos!

Clockwise from upper-left: Marina Supermarket on Chestnut Street, Marina Motel on Lombard, pandemic dining at Izzy’s Steaks and Chops, and Books, Inc. on Chestnut Street.

Marina Legacy Businesses and Legacy Candidates
  • Since the 1980s, the Marina’s commercial corridors of Chestnut and Lombard Streets have shifted to meet the interests of its growing numbers of young, single people, and the district is now known for its fashionable restaurants and cocktail lounges. But many old-school legacy food spots live amidst the Marina’s trendier scene. Kerri takes a look at Izzy’s Steaks and Chops, Lucca Delicatessen, and Marina Supermarket.
  • We also dive into the histories of some of the Marina’s legacy shops, from Books, Inc.’s Gold Rush origins, Fireside Camera’s evolution from portrait studio to photo retail destination, and FLAX art & design’s humble beginnings on Kearny Street in downtown San Francisco (the business is now at Fort Mason).
  • While not yet on San Francisco’s Legacy Business Registry, Kerri covers a few beloved Marina businesses deserve recognition: Marina Motel, Home Plate, and Horseshoe Tavern.

**Note**: Each post includes information for how you can support these businesses during the pandemic!

Clockwise from upper-left: Two women wearing yoga pants on Chestnut Street – a Marina stereotype?, Joe Dimaggio entering his home on Beach Street in the Marina, Winifred Black’s home (designed by Julia Morgan), and the Wave Organ.

Fun Stuff!
  • At the start of Marina month, Kerri asked, What is the Marina Stereotype?
  • Many will always associate Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio with San Francisco’s North Beach, but the Yankee Clipper also has roots in the Marina District.
  • Surrounded by stunning views of the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge, the Wave Organ is a wave-activated acoustic sculpture created in 1986 by former Exploratorium artists-in-residence, Peter Richards and George Gonzalez.
  • Facing the Marina District’s Palace of Fine Arts Lagoon stands the former home of one of the best-known and most colorful journalists of the early twentieth century: Winifred Sweet Black Bonfils (1863-1936).

 

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