The San Francisco planning department recently completed their South of Market Area Historic Resources Survey, a project that they began in 2007 to identify remaining historic buildings in the neighborhood. They’ve released their results, and it includes a great interactiveÂ map of historic (and potentially) historic South of Market Area buildings. The survey is being done to identify property that may be a historic resource eligible for designation by either the National Register of Historic Places and/or the California Register of Historical Resources.
In addition, this coming Wednesday night, November 17, from 6:00 – 7:30pm at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School, the planning commission will be holding a community meeting, seeking to gather additional input and answer community questions. The results of this meeting will be taken into consideration and used to update/inform the presentation that the planning department will make to the Historic Preservation Commission on December 1.
The South of Market Area is a fascinating mix of pretty much everything. There are areas that range from extreme poverty (think 6th St. @ Mission) to extreme wealth (there are plenty of multi-million dollar conversion lofts sprinkled throughout the neighborhood). There are historic warehouses juxtaposed with mid-century mistakes and brand new construction (not to mention plenty of unfortunate live-work loft-in-box buildings built right around 2000). From busy thoroughfares like Howard or Folsom street to sweet parks tucked quietly away the South of Market area is truly a neighborhood that has pretty much everything.
So take a look at the interactive map and resources when you have a moment, they make for a fascinating virtual tour of neighborhood buildings and give you an idea of the complex and rich history of the south of market area neighborhood. It is a wonderful chunk of San Francisco history, not to be missed or overlooked.