The blade sign on the venerable Alexandria Theatre – a fixture on Geary Boulevard and 18th Avenue for nearly a century – was damaged to the point that the property owners had to have it taken down.
Letter to the Editor: Lecture – SF’s Hidden Residence Parks
Your readers may be interested in a lecture about San Francisco’s Residence Parks on Nov. 30, 2022, 4:30 p.m. in the Department of Art + Architecture, University of San Francisco, Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall, 2130 Fulton St. Free to the public.
‘The Front Steps’: Richmond Guide To Marina-Style Homes
In the past we’ve broken down the history of Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the Richmond, but this week we’re inspired by a new listing on 42nd Avenue to explore the old […]
‘The Front Steps’: Taking a Classic Edwardian “To The Studs”
We’ve been playing the before-and-after home comparison game a lot lately–but then, we’re seeing an awful lot of freshly renovated properties in the neighborhood, so it’s bound to come up. Sometimes the […]
‘The Front Steps’: Revisiting the Richmond’s Most Controversial “New” Homes
It’s now been almost ten years since the Battle of Cornwall. Cornwall Street, that is; this wasn’t a military venture but instead a conflict of opinions about what should be done with […]
‘The Front Steps’: Another Richmond Remodel, Before & After
Last time we took a look at a recent remodel on the market folks had a lot of opinions, so let’s take a gander at another. Renovation wars are always an easy […]
‘The Front Steps’: From Classic Theater To Seven-Figure Homes
Sometimes a home listing furnishes a little extra neighborhood history and character–even when said history is actually no longer with us. Case in point, a condo that just came up for sale […]
‘The Front Steps’: A Richmond Guide To Craftsman Homes
A wild new Sea Cliff listing caught our eye this week, described as a “lovely Craftsman style” property that soars up to three stories and sprawls across over 2,100 square feet. That […]
‘The Front Steps’: A Richmond Edwardian, Before-And-After
San Francisco’s remodel wars are actually a bit quieter these days than they used to be. Not because people are any less passionate about whether and how we should preserve classic houses, […]
‘The Front Steps’: Meet the City Architect Who Dethroned the Richmond’s Victorians
The late 19th century, when development in the Richmond truly escalated, was the golden age of the Queen Anne-style Victorian, and the neighborhood sports many fine specimens–but not, evidently, as many as […]
Taraval House Imperiled
Many local residents and members of the neighborhood coalition Sunset Parkside Education and Action Committee (SPEAK) and many local residents have expressed disappointment that their efforts to save the 113-year-old house at 1420 Taraval St. have apparently failed.
Richmond schools nominated for landmark status
Two Richmond District schools are being considered for “landmark status” by the SF
Planning Department and the SF Board of Supervisors (BOS), after receiving
recommendations from the Historic Preservation Commission.
St. Anne’s School Gets Seismic Rehab
“After the last few earthquakes we’ve been fortunate that there were no serious damage
other than just things falling over and some external plaster cracking, stuff like that,”
City planners want more density at Geary and Masonic site
Since the Lucky Penny restaurant has cashed in for good, the SF Planning Commission
will consider an 80-foot-tall, eight-story mixed-use building for the intersection of
Geary Boulevard and Masonic Avenue.
Historic Presidio Theater to be Rebuilt
The Presidio Trust has announced plans to rehabilitate the Presidio Theater, located in
the heart of the national park site on the Presidio’s Main Post, as a multi-purpose