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Historic District Designation Planned

In Community, Dolores Park, Mission Dolores on September 10, 2009 at 8:07 pm

At a meeting of the Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association (MDNA) last night at the Dolores Park Church, Carey & Company architects and Matt Weintraub (city planner) each presented reports of their ongoing historical surveys of the historic Mission Dolores neighborhood. Both parties spoke to the significance of the 1906 Dolores Street Fire Line in the development of the neighborhood we see now. The fire was racing south and west through the neighborhood was finally halted at Dolores.

The Planning Department’s Inner Mission North Historic Survey, Weintraub reported, will include a proposed Mission Reconstruction Historic District. This potentially eligible Historic District is an excellent example of immediate post earthquake period buildings reconstructed in the period 1906-1913 .

Mission Dolores boundry


Carey & Company announced they will propose a Mission Dolores Fire line Historic District. This potential Historic District has been identified as eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places as frontline survivors of the 1906 earthquake and fire. And as embodying the distinctive characteristics of balloon frame housing erected in San Francisco before 1906.

1853 map

1853 Map of Mission Dolores and the new anglo town of San Francisco

Since Mission Dolores is the birthplace of San Francisco, a thorough survey of the neighborhood’s history and historical assets is of incredible value for present and future planning efforts.  The SF Planning Dept has been working on a survey of the Inner Mission for several years.  To augment their efforts, the Mission Dolores neighbors with leadership from Peter Lewis from the MDNA, obtained several grants to fund the survey.

The Mission Dolores survey is focused on Spanish Mediterranean architecture and the history of Dolores Park itself, from an early Jewish cemetery, to refugee camp after the 1906 earthquake and fire, and  its modern use, after much public lobbying, as a public park. 

The findings of both groups are preliminary and will be presented again for public feedback before being finalized.

Carey & Company is the distinguished firm that oversaw the renovation of the city halls in San Francisco and Oakland, the Palace of Fine Arts, as well as our state capital.

note: This post has corrected an error in the original posting stating the 1906 fire was halted at Guerrero. The 1906 fire line is at Dolores.

Reporting by guest contributor- 

Naomi Lempert Lopez.   REALTOR®.       415.229.1345



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