Historic Preservation Commission

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Commission Chambers Rm 400, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place Stream at https://sfgovtv.org/planning – Public Comment: (415) 655-0001 / Access Code: 2496 991 0781

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Notice is hereby given to the general public that application involving the property and/or issue described below has been filed with the Planning Department for review as set forth in the City Planning Code. The Historic Preservation Commission intends to hold a PUBLIC HEARING on this item and on other matters on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, beginning at 12:30 p.m. or later. Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Historic Preservation Commission may conduct this hearing remotely using videoconferencing technology or in-person at City Hall. Additional information may be found on the Department’s website.

2022-004422DES: MOTHER’S BUILDING (LOCATED IN SF ZOO, 1 ZOO ROAD), within Assessor’s Parcel Block No. 7281, Lot No. 006 (Districts 4 and 7). Consideration to Recommend to the Board of Supervisors Landmark Designation of the Mother’s Building as an individual Article 10 Landmark pursuant to Section 1004.2 of the Planning Code. Initiation of landmark designation of the Mother’s Building was introduced by Supervisor Melgar and adopted by the Board of Supervisors on April 12, 2022 (See BoS File No. 220275). The Mother’s Building, constructed in 1925 for Herbert and Mortimer Fleishhacker to honor their mother, was donated to the City and dedicated to serve as a resting place for mothers and young children. During the Works Progress Administration (WPA) era of the 1930’s, the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) and Federal Art Project (FAP), selected Bay Area artists Helen K. Forbes, Dorothy Puccinelli, and Helen Bruton (assisted by her sisters, Margaret and Esther Bruton) to create murals and tile mosaics for the building. The Mother’s Building is culturally and historically significant for its association with women’s history, specifically, as one of the only recreation sites of the period focused on the comfort of mothers, and as the only large-scale WPA art project created solely by women. The building is also significant for association with the history of the Works Project Administration’s art programs and with the artworks created by these female artists. The Mother’s Building is also significant for its association with early recreational facilities in San Francisco. Lastly, the Mother’s Building is architecturally significant as an excellent example of Italian Renaissance Revival architecture designed by architect of merit George W. Kelham. The subject property is in P (Public) Zoning District, an OS Height and Bulk District, and the Sunset Chinese Cultural District. For further information, call Pilar LaValley at (628) 652-7372 or email pilar.lavalley@sfgov.org and ask about Case No. 2022-004422DES.

It is strongly recommended that persons submit their comments in writing in advance of the hearing. Written comments may be submitted via email directly to the case planner.

Persons who are unable to attend the scheduled Commission hearing may submit written comments regarding these cases to the individuals listed for each above via email or at the Planning Department, 49 South Van Ness Avenue, Suite 1400, San Francisco, CA 94103. Comments received by 9:30 a.m. on the day of the hearing will be made a part of the official record and will be brought to the attention of the Commission.

Pursuant to Government Code § 65009, if you challenge, in court, the approval of a conditional use, 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 Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing.

Corey A. Teague
Zoning Administrator
Planning Department
49 South Van Ness Avenue, Suite 1400
San Francisco, CA 94103