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Resources from last Thursday’s Alice Ross Carey Memorial Lecture

Thank you to those who attended our Alice Ross Carey Memorial Lecture, the last of our 2020 Lecture Series programs focused on women in preservation! Below are some helpful links related to our program last Thursday.

Clockwise from top left: Diane Matsuda, Kerri Young, Katherine Petrin, Shayne Watson, and Elisa Skaggs.

The program recording is now available on Youtube, so please share with those you know who missed it! If you haven’t already, we would appreciate you filling out our 4-question survey to help us improve these programs.

Victorian homes on the move c.1976-77, by Dave Glass.

Enid Sales was best known for campaigning to save 350 of San Francisco’s Victorians in the 1960s and ‘70s — and saving their residents from eviction. Read more about her work and some of the homes she was involved in saving and moving in this FoundSF piece:

“I want to tell you, moving those puppies around was a big deal”

The view from the Cohn Vineyard, 850 feet elevation, overlooking the Russian River Valley in Healdsburg. SF Chronicle.

In the background of her flashier accomplishments, Sales, who died in 2008, also planted a Healdsburg vineyard that has proven to be a special and distinctive site for Pinot Noir. A San Francisco Chronicle piece earlier this month has the story:

“supposedly Enid was hell on wheels”

As Katherine Petrin noted, if we were to tally all the buildings and objects that Anne Bloomfield researched and was responsible for designating, including contributors to historic districts, “we would come up with a number in the thousands.” Below, read an example of Anne’s work, the landmark designation report for the Alamo Square Historic District in San Francisco.

Alamo Square Historic District Resolution

Gertrude Bland Platt, or “Gee Gee” as we all know her, entered the world of historic preservation in 1963 as Survey Chairman for the Junior League of San Francisco’s seminal Bay Area survey of historic buildings and remains a force in the field today. Interpretations and highlights of the survey were published in Here Today: San Francisco’s Architectural Heritage. Borrow on online copy from the Internet Archive:

“the result of almost five years of research by over 200 dedicated women”

Diane Matsuda’s presentation emphasized the importance of preserving intangible cultural heritage – this includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as social practices, rituals, festive events, or oral traditions. She noted how important aspects of our city’s intangible cultural heritage are often housed in newer structures usually overlooked in preservation work.
On July 15, 2020, San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission unanimously passed a resolution calling for re-centering the city’s historic preservation work and resources on racial and social equity, including addressing intangible cultural heritage.
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