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UC Regents buy the San Francisco Art Institute’s $19.7M debt


View to The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City, in SFAI’s Diego Rivera gallery, by Jeremy Blakeslee

Facing a foreclosure and public sale of San Francisco Art Institute’s (SFAI) 95-year-old main campus (City Landmark #85), the Regents of the University of California in October quietly stepped in, bought the prestigious but troubled art school’s $19.7 million debt from a private bank, and will now serve as its landlord.

Significant not only for its architecture, the SFAI campus is also home to Diego Rivera’s mural “The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City” (1931), a masterpiece that has been considered being sold by the institute’s trustees to save the school. With this new move from the UC Regents, the fate of the mural still remains uncertain, and Heritage is committed to working with any and all parties to safeguard and protect both the landmark SFAI landscape and mural.

Read Mission Local’s coverage of this recent news here.

Directors of the SF African-American Arts & Cultural District Share Their Mission


Artwork by Kenny Farris featured on new banners that now line the Third Street corridor in the Bayview District. The banners are a recent project of the San Francisco African American Arts & Cultural District to promote the area’s rich history and identity.

The San Francisco African-American Arts & Cultural District works to preserve, strengthen and promote Black culture in the city’s Bayview District. Director of Programs Ericka Scott and Operations Director Ebon Sean Glenn recently talked on CBS’s Black Renaissance program about the non-profit’s mission, upcoming events, and more.

In recent years, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has recognized several cultural heritage districts that are distinguished by unique social and historical associations and living traditions. The first formally-recognize cultural district was Calle 24 Latino Cultural District in 2014. While they have physical boundaries, the districts are primarily identified by the activities that occur within them, including commerce, services, arts, events, and social practices.

Like the Legacy Business Registry, the cultural districts formally recognize San Francisco’s intangible cultural heritage, which includes non-physical characteristics, such as customs and practices, artistic expressions, beliefs, languages, folklore, traditions, and even cuisine. Often passed down from generation to generation, it is constantly evolving in response to a communities’ religious, political, and social environment, and provides a sense of identity and continuity. SF Heritage is proud to make actively safeguarding our city’s intangible heritage a primary focus of our advocacy work.

Holiday Light Show Illuminates the Haas-Lilienthal House


A look at the festive light show on the exterior of the Haas-Lilienthal House, December 22, 2020.

Continuing tonight, December 23 from 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM, SF Heritage’s home at the landmark Haas-Lilienthal House (2007 Franklin Street) will be illuminated with a vibrant holiday-themed light display! Tribalexistance Produtions has create a unique light art installation on the house’s exterior, including fun moving and still imagery of candy canes, bows, and more! This festive event is being generously sponsored by Dunn-Edwards Paints, who in 2015 donated the high-quality, semi-gloss, exterior paint for the House’s first major exterior repair and repainting.

We hope you enjoyed this special two-night event and that it brought some much-needed holiday cheer!


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Bimbo’s 365 Club Joins the Legacy Business Registry


Bimbo's Exterior

Congratulations to Bimbo’s 365 Club, who yesterday were officially confirmed by the Small Business Commission to the San Francisco Legacy Business Registry!

Heritage proudly nominated Bimbo’s 365 Club to the SF Legacy Business Registry through the SFH Landmark Fund earlier this year, and our spring Soirée was to honor the Cerchiai family’s enduring commitment to excellence, authenticity, and community. Though we were unable to celebrate together at their iconic entertainment venue due to the pandemic, we celebrate “Quality is first at Bimbo’s” and are happy to officially congratulate the club and Cerchiai family on their legacy business status.