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Proposals For Renovated Palace Of Fine Arts Include Two Gym Complexes, And An Arts Center

June 22, 2015

by Jay Barmann : sfist – excerpt

An initial RFP (request for proposals) went out last fall to gauge interest a revamped and reimagined Palace of Fine Arts complex. The Marina-adjacent complex, which along with the outdoor promenades and landmark portico, includes a 962-seat theater space as well as the big warehouse space that used to be home to The Exploratorium. And after 2016, the current leases for the indoor spaces will expire and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department is now entertaining seven separate proposals for renovating and reusing the complex, all of which will be presented for public comment in a meeting on Tuesday.

As the Business Times notes there’s some “heated competition” between a couple of these proposals, which will require significant investment on the part of the bidder, including a required $10 million for historic preservation restoration work.
The Palace of Fine Arts dates to 1915, when in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake and fire and the subsequent rebuilding of the city, San Francisco re-emerged as a shiny city by the Bay via the Panama-Pacific International Exposition world’s fair…

You can see all the proposals in detail here, and you can show up for the presentations by the bidders themselves at the public meeting Tuesday, June 23, at 6 p.m. at the Palace of Fine Arts… (more)


One of the Bay Area’s most important examples of the Beaux Arts style of artchitecture built during the period the Palace of Fine Arts was designed by Maybeck for the Pan-Pacific International Exposition. It has survived a number of earthquakes. Will it survive SF’s disdain for historical landmarks that stand in the way of hideous new stack and pack housing projects?

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