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Notice of

Meeting and Calendar

Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

                            Wednesday, August 15, 2012

11:30 A.M.

Regular Meeting


Charles Edwin Chase, President

Courtney Damkroger, Vice President


Karl Hasz, Alan Martinez, Diane Matsuda

Richard Johns, Andrew Wolfram

John Rahaim, Director of Planning

Kelley Amdur, Director of Neighborhood Planning

Timothy Frye, Preservation Coordinator

Linda Avery, Commission Secretary


Historic Preservation Commission Agendas are available on the Internet at

or as a recorded message at (415) 558-6320

A digital recording of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting is available on the internet at 24 hours after the hearing.











11:30 A.M.



ROLL CALL:               Committee Chair:                   Alan Martinez

                                    Committee Member:              Karl Hasz

                                    Committee Member:              Andrew Wolfram

                                    Committee Ex-Officio:                       Charles Chase


1.         2011.0617A                                              (TIM FRYE for PILAR LAVALLEY:415/575-9084

1 JONES STREET (FORMER HIBERNIA BANK), northwest corner of Jones and McAllister Streets, in Assessor’s Block 0349, Lot 003.  Request for Review and Comment before the Architectural Review Committee regarding the seismic, fire/life-safety, and accessibility upgrades associated with a potential new “assembly” use.  Proposed exterior work includes two new stair penthouses, replacement of the existing elevator penthouse, enlargement of three existing window openings for new exit doors at north and west elevations, removal of portion of the existing wrought iron gate at west elevation, and rehabilitation of existing windows, steel roll-up security grilles, and granite.  At the interior, new shear walls and an elevator will be installed, a fire suppression system will be installed, portions of the existing teller counter will be removed and stored on site, and character-defining features and materials such as the extensive decorative marble, plaster, and stained glass will be protected in place and cleaned and repaired only as necessary.   The project is currently undergoing environmental review per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Case No. 2011.0617E) and assessment of a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness (Case No. 2011.0617A) by the Department.  The subject building, historically known as Hibernia Bank, is Landmark #130, is a contributing resource to the National Register-listed Market Street Theater Loft Historic District, and is a Category I (Significant) Building in the C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) District and the 80-120-T Height and Bulk District.




12:30 P.M.



ROLL CALL:   Commission President:                        Charles E. Chase

                        Commission Vice President:                Courtney Damkroger           

                        Commissioners:                                   Karl Hasz

                                                                                      Richard Johns

                                                                                      Alan W. Martinez

                                                                                      Diane Matsuda

                                                                                      Andrew Wolfram


At this time, members of the public may address the Historic Preservation Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Historic Preservation Commission except agenda items.  Public comment will be taken on each agendized item.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.  If it is demonstrated that comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the President or chairperson may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting.

The Brown Act forbids a commission or board from taking action or discussing any item not appearing on the posted agenda, including those items raised at public comment.  In response to public comment, not on an agendized item, the Commission is limited to:   

(1) briefly responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public, or

(2) requesting staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting, or

(3) directing staff to place the item on a future agenda.   (Government Code Section 54954.2(a).).


1.    Director’s Report

2.    Review of Past Week’s Events at the Planning Commission


3.         President’s Report and Announcements

4.         Consideration of Adoption:

              a.        Draft minutes of the July 18, 2012 Regular Hearing

              b.        Draft minutes of the August 1, 2012 Regular Hearing

5.         Disclosures

6.         Commissioner Comments/ Questions


All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Historic Preservation Commission, and will be acted upon by a single roll call vote of the Commission.  There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Commission, the public, or staff so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item at this or a future hearing.

7.         2012.0097A                                               (GRETCHEN HILYARD: 415/575-9109)

735 MONTGOMERY STREET, west side of Montgomery Street between Jackson Street and Columbus Avenue, in Assessor’s Block 0195, Lot 001. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to renovate the ground floor of the north and east facades to convert existing offices into retail spaces and provide access from the public right of way. The proposal includes removal of non-historic existing balconies, storefront glazing, and entry stairs; lowering a section of the ground floor level; and the installation of new storefront glazing, entry doors and signage. Constructed in 1924 by an unknown architect, 735 Montgomery Street is a four-story office building designed in an altered 20th century commercial architectural style.  The subject property is a potentially compatible resource to the Jackson Square Historic District, which is locally designated under Article 10, Appendix B of the Planning Code.

Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.


8.         2011.0705L                                                   (MOSES CORRETTE: 415/558-6295)

MARKET STREET MASONRY DISCONTIGUOUS DISTRICT - Market and Franklin Streets between Fell Street, Van Ness Avenue and Valencia Street. Consideration to initiate Landmark designation process of the following eight buildings (Assessor Parcel Number Block/Lot): 150 Franklin Street (0834/012); 20 Franklin street aka 1580-1598 Market Street (0836/010); 1649-1651 Market Street (3504/001); 1657 Market Street (3504/046); 1666-1668 Market Street (0854/004); 1670-1680 Market Street (0854/005); 1687 Market Street (3504/040)and 1693-1695 Market Street (3504/038) as an Article 10 Landmark District pursuant to Section 1004.1 of the Planning Code.  Further consideration by the Historic Preservation Commission and the Board of Supervisors will occur at a future public hearing and will be noticed separately for a future date.

Preliminary Recommendation: confirm nomination and initiate.

9.         2012.0502H                               (TIM FRYE for PILAR LAVALLEY: 415/575-9084)

1355 MARKET STREET (aka 1301-1363 MARKET STREET), south side of Market between 9th and 10th Streets, in Assessor’s Block 3508, Lot 001.  Request for a Permit to Alter to construct exterior alterations to the existing building associated with conversion of upper floors for new office tenants and of ground floor for retail tenants.  Proposed exterior work includes a new two-story entrance at Market Street, removal and replacement of ground floor storefronts and transoms at 9th, 10th, and Market Street façades, replacement of windows at the 2nd, 10th, and 11th floors on 9th, 10th, and Market Street façades, lowering of sill height at 10th floor windows, and new two-story openings and arcade at the Stevenson Street elevation.  The subject building, historically known as the Western Furniture Exchange & Merchandise Mart, is a Category I (Significant) Building in the C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) District and the 120-X-200-S Height and Bulk District.

Recommendation: Approval with conditions.

10.       2012.0884A                                                      (RICHARD SUCRE: 415/575-9108)

4701 3rd STREET (BAYVIEW OPERA HOUSE), located on the southeast corner of Newcomb Avenue and 3rd Street, Assessor’s 5311, Lot 036.  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for site work and exterior alterations including, but not limited to: construction of a commemorative plaza, outdoor theater, multi-use court and a new fence along the perimeter of the subject lot; new signage; repair of the main entry doors; construction of a new concrete stairway at the main entry; construction of an elevated walkway for handicap access; and replacement of the non-historic plaster cladding on the rear façade with new wood siding. The subject property is Landmark No. 08 and is located within the P (Public) Zoning District and a 40-X/OS (Open Space) Height and Bulk Limit.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

11.       2012.0361A                                               (GRETCHEN HILYARD: 415/575-9109)

401 VAN NESS AVENUE (aka. War Memorial Courtyard), west side of Van Ness Avenue between McAllister and Grove Streets, in Assessor's Block 0786A, Lot 001. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to rehabilitate the Memorial Court at 401 Van Ness Avenue, including the installation of a  Veteran’s memorial at the east end of the courtyard, re-grading the existing lawn, and reconfiguration of select hedges, curbing, and paving around the memorial site. The project includes the installation of a low rammed earth wall along the boundary of the central lawn parallel to the historic hedge, and the removal of a non-historic hedge at the west end of the courtyard.  The property is located between the Veteran’s Building and Opera House and consists of a Beaux-Arts courtyard constructed in 1936. The Memorial Court is part of the San Francisco War Memorial Complex at 401 Van Ness Avenue and is designated as San Francisco Landmark #84 under Article 10 of the Planning Code. The property is also a contributor to the Civic Center Historic District.

Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.



NOTE:  For information on the next Historic Preservation Commission Calendar, please call 558-6320 on Fridays (before the scheduled hearing) after 5:00 p.m. for a recorded message.

NOTE:  Items listed on this calendar will not be heard before the stated time.    

NOTE:  Speaker Cards will be available at all hearings.  For your convenience, they may be picked up in advance of the hearing from the Planning Department Reception Counter, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400.

NOTE:  For information related to Historic Preservation Commission matters, please email Historic Preservation Commission Secretary,

NOTE:  Pursuant to Government Code § 65009, if you challenge, in court, the approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness, Permit to Alter, Landmark or Historic District designation, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Historic Preservation Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing.

NOTE:  Material submitted by the public for Historic Preservation Commission review prior to a scheduled hearing, should be received at the Planning Department Reception Counter, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor, no later than 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday (eight (8) days) prior to the scheduled public hearing.  Persons unable to attend a hearing may submit written comments regarding a calendared item to the Commission at the above listed address.  Comments received by 11:00 a.m. on the day of the hearing will be made part of the official record and will be brought to the attention of the Historic Preservation Commission at the public hearing.  Otherwise, submit material related to a calendared item at the scheduled hearing for distribution.  For complete distribution to all Commissioners, necessary staff and case/docket/ correspondence files, submit an original and 14 copies.

NOTEIf any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Historic Preservation Commission after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are available for public inspection at the San Francisco Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor during normal office hours.



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Note: Each item on the Architectural Design Review and/or Regular calendar may include the following documents:

1) Planning Department Case Report

2) Draft Motion with Findings and/or Conditions

These items will be available for review at the Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor Reception

Last updated: 8/9/2012 3:42:11 PM