Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board (LPAB) Minutes


February 1998


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FINAL ACTION MINUTES

OF THE

SAN FRANCISCO

LANDMARKS PRESERVATION ADVISORY BOARD

SPECIAL MEETING

PUBLIC HEALTH BUILDING

101 GROVE STREET, ROOM 300

THIRD FLOOR AUDITORIUM

FEBRUARY 4, 1998





11:55 A.M. ROLL CALL

MEMBERS PRESENT: MEMBERS DEARMAN, FINWALL, HO-BELLI, KOTAS, LEVITT, MAGRANE, REIDY, AND SHATARA

ABSENT: MEMBER BECERRIL

FOR FULL BOARD CONSIDERATION

REGULAR CALENDAR ITEMS

Review and Comment

1.

135 VAN NESS AVENUE/170 FELL STREET--HIGH SCHOOL OF COMMERCE. Request for Board comments on the adequacy of the Draft EIR for the proposed San Francisco Unified School District's School of the Arts Master Plan pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). (Continued from the January 21, 1998 Hearing.)

Speakers: Preservation Coordinator Neil Hart: Requests Board to forward comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) to Hillary Gitelman, the Planning Department's Environmental Review Officer. Ms. Gitelman will be collecting comments from the Board and other City agencies and forwarding all comments to the San Francisco Unified School District.

Reports that the project sponsor has provided a court reporter to record the Board's comments.

Reports that the 135 Van Ness Avenue/170 Fell Street item has been continued to today's hearing from the January 21, 1998 hearing to allow Board members to make additional comments on the San Francisco School District's School of the Arts Master Plan DEIR. Board comments will be answered by the author, Mr. Stuart During, who will respond to each in writing in a Comments and Responses document. The Comments and Responses will become part of a final certification of the EIR. The scope of the final project will be defined after the EIR is certified.

President Daniel Reidy: Reports that the DEIR is well written and sees no major need to augment the text of the report. The program statement of the proposed activities for the School of the Arts is a comprehensive statement and shows that this could be a quality institution if it is built. The Adamson Statement of Probable Construction Cost Conceptual Cost Study shows how expensive it would be to retain the building at 170 Fell Street for reuse in the proposed School of the Arts.

Member Paul Finwall: Reports the cost estimates troubling. Questions whether the State Historic Building Code was considered in the process of developing the design schemes and how it was addressed. Requests findings from San Francisco Heritage on cost estimates.

Mr. Stuart During, During and Associates: The architects will be able to draft a response as to whether the State Historic Building Code was considered in the process of developing the design schemes.

Vice President Donna Levitt: Requests clarification as to what aspect of this program cannot be fully accomplished if 170 Fell Street is retained.

President Reidy: Questions to what extent the Secretary of the Interior's Standards will be addressed for the Final Environmental Impact Report in terms of trying to preserve as much of the original fabric in the entire complex and the various alternatives discussed in the Environmental Impact Report. More documentation is necessary from the consultant's team on the applicability of the Secretary of the

Interior's Standards on the various alternatives discussed in the DEIR.

Member Kotas: Procedural question as to where the proposal will go and how it will be handled.

President Reidy: Reports that the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is it's own government. The State Architect's Office in Sacramento is the permitting, reviewing, and funding government agency for this project, not the City and County of San Francisco. The project will not fall under the purview of Article 10, as they will not be filing for a building permit with the City and County of San Francisco.

Ms. Alice Barkley, Counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District: Reports that the School District will be the lead agency as well as the decision maker because it is a separate State agency and not a part of a department of the City and County of San Francisco. Under Article 10, the Landmarks Board will be giving advice to the School District. The future process will involve the Board in the Section 106 process. Presentations will be made on the design and detail of the project to the Planning Commission and the Landmarks Board for their advice on the final product, but the Board will not have a decision-making role.

Member Shatara: Questions whether there are proposals for keeping the 170 Fell Street building.

Mr. Stuart During, During and Associates: Reports that the SFUSD's program proposes demolition of the 170 Fell Street building. The alternatives section of the DEIR addresses variations in keeping the 170 Fell Street building as part of the Section 106 consultation process.

Mr. David Bahlman, San Francisco Heritage: Reports that Heritage has reviewed the Draft EIR for the proposed SFUSD's Master Plan, and their attorney will be submitting written comments to Hillary Gitelman on Monday, February 9, 1998 regarding the inadequacy of the DEIR in addressing details associated with possible rehabilitation schemes and cost estimates for 170 Fell Street and suggestions for improvement.

Mr. Albert Lanier, a participant in the Section 106 process: Submitted and read a statement regarding the programmatic deficiencies and inadequacy of the DEIR and reuse issues of the 170 Fell Street building.

Mrs. Bland Platt, Historic Preservation Consultant and a participant in the Section 106 process. Re. the inadequacy of the DEIR. Comments will be submitted to the SFUSD and a copy to Hillary Gitelman. Requests the Board to look at the comments of the DEIR to note whether it meets Section 1010 requirements and whether the approvals section is adequate.

Mr. Michael Levin: Opposed to demolition of 170 Fell Street. Reports that he does not feel the DEIR adequately covers the history of the 170 Fell Street building.

Informational Presentation

2. 200 LARKIN STREET, OLD MAIN LIBRARY/NEW ASIAN ART MUSEUM, A CONTRIBUTORY BUILDING WITHIN THE CIVIC CENTER NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK, NATIONAL REGISTER AND LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT. The Board will hold an Informational Hearing to collect information and to receive testimony from the Asian Art Museum and the public on the proposed rehabilitation of the Old Main Library to accommodate the new Asian Art Museum and the potential impact the work may have on the interior and exterior features of the building in preparation for future consideration of an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness.

Mr. Langston Trigg, Project Manager for the move of the Asian Art Museum from Golden Gate Park to the Old Main Library: Re. discussion of program and construction costs, budget, schedule, status report, square footage, and to introduce speakers from the Asian Art Museum for the Informational Presentation.

Dr. Emily Sano, Director, Asian Art Museum: re. the Asian Art Museum's mission, goals, objectives, collection, and importance of relocating from Golden Gate Park to the Old Main Library to maximize the Museum's potential for collections and human resources. Programs for the proposed Asian Art Museum include exhibitions, education, cultural activities, outreach and extension, research, library, publications, visitor amenities, and community services.

Dr. Gae Aulente, FAIA, Dott. Arch., re. design concept.

Mr. Mark Otsea, representing a joint venture of Hellmuth, Obata, Kassabaum, Inc; LDA Architects, and Robert B. Wong, AIA: re. discussion of information requested in the January 12, 1998 letter from the Board; statues, galleries, site plan, elevations, comparison of lower, ground, second, third, fourth, and roof levels (existing and proposed), longitudinal sections through stair loggia comparison, central court comparison, transverse section through Great Hall comparison and Stair Loggia comparison, and aerial view showing future full site massing build-out.

Mr. Jay Turnbull, Page and Turnbull, Historic Preservation Architects: re. impact of changes upon the historic fabric of the Old Main Library, and how the project meets the criteria of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Article 10. The Board will receive a tabular analysis of the changes as part of the support document for the Certificate of Appropriateness.

Mr. David Bahlman, San Francisco Heritage Foundation: re. position statement from San Francisco Heritage Foundation to preserve the Piazzoni Murals at the proposed Asian Art Museum.

Ms. Nancy Boas: re. in favor of preservation of the Piazzoni Murals at the proposed Asian Art Museum.

Mr. Bruce Judd, Architectural Resources Group: re. relocation of the Piazzoni Murals and the Secretary's Standards for Rehabilitation and Historic Guidelines. In favor of preservation of the Piazzoni Murals at the proposed Asian Art Museum.

Mr. Robert Allen: re. in favor of relocation of the Piazzoni murals.

Ms. Yoko Woodson, Curator: re. in favor of the proposal for the new Asian Art Museum.

Mr. Bill Goulet, Asian Art Museum, re. educational activities, growth and space requirements solved by the proposed Asian Art Museum.



Mr. James Bernstein: re. in favor of preservation of the Piazzoni Murals at the proposed Asian Art Museum.

Ms. Patricia Junker, Curator and Volunteer: re. in favor of preservation of the Piazzoni Murals at the proposed Asian Art Museum.

Mr. Forest McGill, Chief Curator of the Asian Art Museum, re. in favor of the design for the proposed Asian Art Museum.

Mr. Michael Levin: re. in favor of preservation of the Piazzoni Murals at the proposed Asian Art Museum.

Ms. Colette Tanaka, re. proposed design.

Mr. Jim Brady, San Francisco resident: re. in favor of the design for the proposed Asian Art Museum.

Mr. Rolf Eiselin, Architect: re. in favor of preservation of the Piazzoni murals at the proposed Asian Art Museum.

Ms. Molly Lambert: re. clarification of location of material removed in the exterior walls of the light courts.

Ms. Ruth Asawa: re. in favor of preservation of the Piazzoni Murals at the proposed Asian Art Museum.

Ms. Enid Lim: re. in favor of the design for the proposed Asian Art Museum.

Ms. Alice Lowe: re. in favor of the proposed Asian Art Museum.

Ms. Linda S. Marks, Head of Conservation at the Asian Art Museum: re. in favor of design for the proposed Asian Art Museum.

Ms. Anne Bloomfield, Architectural Historian: re. plan for the proposed Asian Art Museum and need for more information about the ground floor, entry areas and halls, and staircase around the Piazzoni Murals that are clad in travertine material and inscriptions that should be retained.

Ms. Renče Renouf Hall: re. in favor of the proposed Asian Art Museum.

Member Shatara: re. solution to the Piazzoni Murals: setting the Piazzoni Murals back three to five feet and suspending them in space.

Langston Trigg: No intention of removing the inscriptions or the travertine material from the proposed Asian Art Museum.

President Reidy: Recommend that the Design Team work with the Board point person, Jeremy Kotas, in terms of working on the presentation package for the Certificate of Appropriateness.

Tape: Sides 1, 2, and 3

PUBLIC COMMENT

None

Certificate of Appropriateness

3. 97.861A (GORDON)

714 MONTGOMERY STREET AND 23-27 HOTALING PLACE, the Ship Building, a 2-story over-basement National Register of Historic Places listed commercial/office building, within the National Register Jackson Square Historic District, and a Contributory/Altered (Montgomery Street) and Contributory (Hotaling Place) building within the local Jackson Square Historic District. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for exterior alterations, including the demolition of selected stucco walls and brick veneer, and the remodel of the Montgomery Street and Hotaling Place entryways.

SPEAKERS: Case Planner, Elizabeth Gordon, re. presentation of the project.

Mr. William McFarren, Project Sponsor, re. presentation of the project.

ACTION: Approve Certificate of Appropriateness for exterior alterations, including the demolition of selected stucco walls and brick veneer, and the remodel of the Montgomery Street and Hotaling Place entryways as proposed by Department staff (Moved by Member Magrane).

AYES: Members Dearman, Finwall, Kotas, Magrane, and Reidy

NOES: None

EXCUSED: Member Ho-Belli

ABSENT: Members Becerril and Shatara

TAPE: Side 4

4. DEPARTMENT REPORT

None

5. STAFF REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Preservation Coordinator Hart: Announcing a different meeting location for the February 18, 1998 Special Landmarks Board Meeting: the Planning Department, 1660 Mission Street, Room 2001.

6. PRESIDENT'S REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

None

7. MATTERS OF THE BOARD

None

ITEMS TO BE CONTINUED

REGULAR CALENDAR ITEMS

8. APPROVAL OF THE JANUARY 21, 1998 ACTION MINUTES.

ADJOURNMENT

3:00 P.M.

Monica Jacobs

Recording Secretary



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FINAL ACTION MINUTES

OF THE

SAN FRANCISCO

LANDMARKS PRESERVATION ADVISORY BOARD

SPECIAL MEETING

PLANNING DEPARTMENT

1660 MISSION STREET, ROOM 2001

FEBRUARY 18, 1998



1:10 P.M. ROLL CALL

MEMBERS PRESENT: MEMBERS BECERRIL, DEARMAN, FINWALL, HO-BELLI, KOTAS, LEVITT, AND MAGRANE

ABSENT: PRESIDENT REIDY AND MEMBER SHATARA

SECTION 106 TRAINING

1. SECTION 106 TRAINING SESSION (SHPO/MARSH)

The State Office of Historic Preservation and Planning Department staff will conduct a training session for the members of the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board on the role of the Certified Local Government on the federally mandated review and consideration of the effects of federal undertakings on historic properties pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Speakers: Cherilyn E. Widell, State Historic Preservation Officer, State of California, Department of Parks and Recreation, Office of Historic Preservation, re. introduction on the training session for the Section 106 Review Process and Certified Local Governments in the National Historic Preservation program.

Lucinda M. Woodward, Historian, State of California, Department of Parks and Recreation, Office of Historic Preservation, re. Section 106 purpose, participants, undertaking of programs and projects, determination of area of potential effects, identification of historic properties listed or eligible for listing in the National Register, determination of adverse or no adverse effects, documentation, review of effects by the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, public consultation process, Memorandum of Agreement, Advisory Council of Historic Preservation comments, timing of local preservation activities, coordination with other agencies, five-step Section 106 review process by local governments, and relationships between the Certified Local Government of San Francisco, the State Historic Preservation Office, and Federal agencies in the National Register process.

Vincent Marsh, Planning Department staff, re. Certified Local Government National Register Eligibility Evaluation checklist to survey historic properties, the Certified Local Government Certification Agreement, Section 106 projects, and the Certified Local Government Annual Report.

Tape: Sides 1 and 2

3:30 P.M.

PUBLIC COMMENT

SPEAKERS: Patricia Vaughey, re. 500 Divisadero Street: (1) suspension of work; (2) imposing fines; and (3) Certificate of Appropriateness to be brought before the Landmarks Board for review.

David Bahlman, San Francisco Heritage, re. 500 Divisadero Street, offering letter of support from Heritage to Patricia Vaughey as to the opposition of work done at 500 Divisadero Street without a hearing before the Landmarks Board.

TAPE: Side 2

FOR FULL BOARD CONSIDERATION

2. DEPARTMENT REPORT

SPEAKERS: Mary Gallagher, Planning Department Staff, re. proposed preservation work program and budget for Fiscal Year 1998-1999 approved by the Planning Commission on February 12, 1998.

Report on the Preservation Element section of the Proposed Work Program and Budget.

TAPE: Side 3

3. STAFF REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Neil Hart, Preservation

Coordinator: Re. 500 Divisadero Street site visit by Planning Department staff and suspension of permits until a Certificate of Appropriateness is brought before the Landmarks Board.

Announced that the Housing and Neighborhood Services Committee of the Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing on the landmark designation of 1701 19th Avenue, Shriners Hospital, and 1088 Green Street, Engine House No. 31 at 10 a.m. on February 19, 1998.

Announced that there will be a field trip of the Civic Center scheduled for the March 4, 1998 hearing, and the meeting will convene at 2:30 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors Chamber, Room 404, 401 Van Ness Avenue.

Tape: Side 3

4. PRESIDENT'S REPORT AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

None

5. MATTERS OF THE BOARD

Member Kotas: Re. Board members to contact him to arrange a time to view the models of the proposed new Asian Art Museum at HOK Architects.

Member Finwall: Re. attendance at the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) training session sponsored by the California Preservation Foundation.

Tape: Side 3

REGULAR CALENDAR ITEMS

6. APPROVAL OF THE FEBRUARY 4, 1998 ACTION MINUTES

ACTION: Approved (Moved by Member Magrane).

AYES: Members Dearman, Ho-Belli, Finwall, Kotas, Levitt, and Magrane

NOES: None

EXCUSED: Member Becerril

ABSENT: President Reidy and Member Shatara

TAPE: Side 3

Certificates of Appropriateness

7. 97.801A (KOMETANI)

1045 SANSOME STREET, a Contributory, 3-story, industrial building within the Northeast Waterfront Historic District. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for window replacement.

SPEAKERS: George Dolim, Project Applicant, re. presentation of project, condition of existing windows, material chosen, and cost comparisons for repair or replicating the windows.

Patricia Vaughey, member of the public, re. economic feasibility of retaining the windows.

Gee Gee Platt, member of the public, re. insufficient documentation presented to Board Members in order to make a decision, i.e. 1986 Certificate of Appropriateness application, window survey, and Historic District information.

David Bahlman, San Francisco Heritage, re. importance of the historical significance of the windows.

Mary Gallagher, Department Staff, re. coordination meetings held on Wednesdays before the Board hearings with the Board President and Preservation Staff. Board Members should request additional case report information through the Board President.

Neil Hart, Preservation Coordinator, re. agenda mailing dates, public records, and the Public Review File that is available to the public for review on Thursday afternoon before the hearing.





ACTION: Recommend continuation of the Certificate of Appropriateness for window replacement pending further study by the applicant as to the feasibility of repairing the existing windows. (Moved by Member Finwall).

AYES: Members Becerril, Dearman, Finwall, Ho-Belli, Kotas, and Magrane

NOES: Vice President Levitt

ABSENT: President Reidy and Member Shatara

TAPE: Side 3

8. 98.006A (KOMETANI)

274 BRANNAN STREET, a Contributory, 6-story warehouse building within the South End Historic District. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install rooftop equipment enclosure and antennae on the roof.

SPEAKERS: Daniel Sullivan, Project Applicant, re. presentation of project.

Gee Gee Platt, member of the public, re. insufficient information presented to the Board by staff, i.e. number of antennae proposed.

Patricia Vaughey, member of the public, re. consideration of guidelines for rooftop antennae. The Board should request a City Attorney's opinion before making a decision.

ACTION: Recommend approval of the Certificate of Appropriateness to install rooftop equipment enclosure and six antennae on the rooftop water tower platform as proposed by Department staff (Moved by Member Becerril).

AYES: Members Becerril, Finwall, Ho-Belli, Kotas, Levitt, and Magrane

NOES: Member Dearman

ABSENT: President Reidy and Member Shatara

TAPE: Sides 3 and 4



9. 98.038A (KOMETANI)

722-28 MONTGOMERY STREET, Landmark Numbers 9 and 10. A Contributory, 3-story, commercial building within the Jackson Square Historic District. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for repairs to the Montgomery Street facade and to reconstruct the rear facade and add a third floor addition at the rear.

SPEAKERS: Jeffrey Heller, Project Architect, re. presentation of the project.

Gee Gee Platt, re. insufficient information presented to the Board, i.e. no seismic drawings, no statement of contributory materials to be or not to be retained and removed, State Historic Building Code not addressed adequately, and an Environmental Impact Report should be required as the project is in a Historic District.

Patricia Vaughey, re. alternative ways of seismically retrofitting the building in order to save the building.

David Bahlman, San Francisco Heritage, re. tour and bad condition of the building.

ACTION: Recommend approval of the Certificate of Appropriateness for masonry repairs to the Montgomery Street facade of both buildings, demolish and reconstruct the rear (Hotaling Place) facade of both buildings to comply with Building Code seismic requirements, and add a third floor at the rear of the 722 Montgomery Street building as proposed by Department Staff (Moved by Member Magrane).

AYES: Members Becerril, Finwall, Kotas, Levitt, and Magrane

NOES: None

ABSENT: President Reidy, Members Dearman and Shatara

EXCUSED: Member Ho-Belli

TAPE: Sides 4 and 5

Request for Report

10. (KOMETANI)

180 TOWNSEND STREET, a Contributory, 3-story, warehouse building within the South End Historic District. Request for a Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board report to the Zoning Administrator pursuant to Planning Code Sections 161(m) and 307(g). Those sections provide for modification or waiver of parking requirements by the Zoning Administrator when the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board advised "that the provision of parking would adversely affect the . . . significant or contributory character of the structure or that modification or waiver would enhance the economic feasibility of preservation of the . . . structure."

SPEAKERS: Warner Schmalz, Project Applicant, presentation of project.

ACTION: Adopt report to the Zoning Administrator as proposed by Department Staff (Moved by Member Finwall).

AYES: Members Becerril, Finwall, Ho-Belli, Kotas, Levitt, and Magrane

NOES: None

ABSENT: President Reidy, Members Dearman and Shatara

TAPE: Side 5

ADJOURNMENT

5:55 P.M.



Monica Jacobs

Recording Secretary





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