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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Four Preservation Design Awards Winners from San Francisco

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM

The San Francisco Public Library's Golden Gate branch.
  • The San Francisco Public Library's Golden Gate branch.

The California Preservation Foundation has announced the 2012 winners for the prestigious Preservation Design Awards, and four out of seven winners are from San Francisco. The Golden Gate Valley Branch Library Rehabilitation project, Murphy Windmill, Presidio 101 and 103, and Transbay Traveling Archaeology Exhibit all received accolades.

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The Golden Gate Valley Branch Library in Cow Hollow opened in 1918, and the jury felt the two year renovation highlighted the historic character of the building. There are a few modern additions, including bike racks and greater handicapped accessibility.

It took nine years to restore the Murphy Windmill, which is the 210th San Francisco Landmark. With a mix of private and public funding, the windmill was deconstructed while the tower and cap were restored. It also received a seismic upgrade and the gallery deck and turning stocks were reconstructed. The work did not go unnoticed, and the windmill received a special nod for Craftsmanship/Preservation technology.

Buildings 101 and 103, both historic landmarks of the Presidio, were in dire need of rehabilitation. As a result, the reinforced masonry building has been provided with seismic strengthening using fiber reinforced polymers. The work was completed in harmony with the historic preservation of the buildings, with careful attention paid to the wooden windows and doors.

Archaeological finds.
  • Archaeological finds.
William Self Associates created the Transbay Traveling Archaeology Exhibit, which includes artifacts, banners, brochures, a slide presentation, and a website. The exhibit showcases the archaeological research for the Transbay Transit Center, as well as a glimpse into the history of the SOMA neighborhood.

A jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, along with critics from the media, chose the four projects for achieving the highest level of craftsmanship in historic preservation. They based their selections on the Secretary of the Interior's Standards, which have been guiding juries in their selections of over 450 projects for the past 29 years. Three of the five jurists represented the Bay Area: Alan Hess, the architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News; Mitchell Schwarzer, an author and professor of Visual Studies at the California College of the Arts; Andrew Wolfram, the Preservation + Reuse Global Leader of Perkins + Will.

The jury's chair, Ann Gray, FAIA, noted that this year was characterized by rich cultural back stories, and the winning projects make multi-dimensional contributions to their communities.

The majority of winners were from Northern California, including the Curry Village Lounge and Registration Building in Yosemite National Park and Sather Tower Spire Rehabilitation. A special honor was bestowed on the Oakland Museum of California, which earned the Trustees Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

The winners will receive their awards at a gala in Los Angeles next month.

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