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>> president hyland: call this hearing to order. good afternoon, welcome to the historic preservation commission hearing for wednesday, september 18, 2019. i would like to remind members of the public to silence your mobile devices. when speaking before the commission, if you care to, state your name for the record. taking roll. president hyland? [roll call] commissioners, first is the public general comment. at this time members of the public may address the commission on items of interest to the public. with respect to agenda items, why you are opportunity to address the commission will be afforded when the i'm is reached in the meeting. it does appear there may be one speaker card.
>> good afternoon, commissioners. on behalf of the owner of the two henry adams building. i'm here to provide an update and request. as a reminder, the project for this building has been pending since 2013 and with this commission's input, landmarking was allowed late last year. allowing us to work. we're happy to report that ceqa should be done later this week, allowing us to move into the entitlement hearings. it is also adding a new outdoor plaza and it will involve comprehensive, interior and exterior improvements that will benefit all tenants of the building and also insure it's long term preservation future.
i'm here because we have a concern we won't be able to make a hearing here until december, particularly if this commission moves to one hearing a month schedule. our next step in the entitlement process is to come to this commission for certificate of appropriateness. and we respectfully ask that you consider keeping two hearings a month, at least in october and november, so we may have an opportunity to make our case. thank you very much. >> jonas: any other member of the public? seeing none, close public comment. department matter. item 1, director's announcements. >> i don't have an announcement from the director, but about the director. as you all know, our beloved director is john ram, is retiring on march 1st.
i wanted to inform you that tomorrow at planning commission under commission mathers, there is going to be a discussion of potential desired qualities for the next planning director. that of course is an agenda item. there will be opportunity for public discussion. and you're all welcome to participate as well. that's it. >> how is the new director going to be selected? is there a selection committee? who is on the committee? >> the planning commission is responsible presenting three names to the mayor. and the mayor makes the final selection, so the planning commission through the department well be conducting a nationwide search. >> okay. thank you. the mayor's selection could be from the list or from another
list. >> or not [laughter]. >> there is nothing further, commissioners, move on to item 2. review of the past events. >> no report from the planning commission. i didn't want to inform you that the commissioners moved through rules committee yesterday -- the board correct? >> they were both moved through the rules committee a week ago and yesterday in front of the full board, they were continued. >> okay. >> can we get an update on who that is? >> the names that were nominated by the mayor are chris foley and lydia so. >> there is nothing further, commissioners. item 3. president's report and announcements. >> president hyland: i have no report. >> jonas: item 4, consideration
of adoption of draft minutes. >> president hyland: open public comment. would any member of the public wish to comment on the meeting minutes from august 21, 2019? seeing none, close public comment. commissioners? >> jonas: on that motion to adopt the minutes, commission black? johns? pearlman? matsuda? hyland. so moved. that passes unanimously, 5-0. item 5, commission comments and questions. >> commissioner pearlman: me. i have, as in my practice as an architect, i've been approached by someone who has a property that has a legacy business in it. it's a one story building and they want to take advantage of the home sf program to build
20-30 units of housing, which would require that building to be demolished. it's something for future discussion. i'm in the early stages of this. i guess the question is, if the owner is willing to retain that business back in the new building after it's completed -- i mean, what would the stand be for the historic commission relative to the processing of that project which would cause the demolition of an approved legacy business? and then, you know, depending on its future, you know, how would we look at that? this is a staff question. i posed this to caltagirone and she said we haven't had that circumstance yet, so it is something that would have be to discussed. i wanted to bring that up as something to think about. and maybe we could have a short
discussion of this on a later agenda. >> president hyland: okay. >> jonas: nothing further? we can move onto consideration of items for continuance -- >> excuse me, do we want to talk about the future meetings, jonas, and closed session october 2. make sure we have a quorum. >> jonas: i polled everybody except for -- >> president hyland: you also did that? >> the city office is requesting a closed session before the commission on october 2. i didn't hear confirmation from yourself or the suspevice presi but i believe everyone is available. >> i anticipate being here because -- >> the time is what i'm more -- it would start probably before 12:30, around 10:30, 11:00.
>> my preference is a little later. 11 would be fine. >> do we anticipate it being more than an hour? >> no. >> so if we could do 11. on october 17, just want to make sure -- so in response to the public comment on us trying to be more efficient in our agen s agendas, we're not necessarily going to one meeting a month, but if we only have agenda items for one meeting a month, that's what we've been trying to do to take advantage of our time here for a fuller agenda. but at the moment, october 16, we have nothing on the calendar. >> jonas: currently there is nothing on october 16. there is an a.r.c. meeting for november 6 and full calendar on the 2nd and 6th.
but, yes, we don't cancel one of the meetings in a month. if something needs to be heard, we'll -- >> you'll hear it. we'll address that on the second if we need to put something on the agenda for the 16th? >> jonas: sure. anything else, commissioners? >> i have a question about that. if we get into a situation where we only have one meeting a month and somebody has something that for some reason had to be heard, is there some provision for us to call a special meeting? >> we could. i would suggest we don't cancel the meeting formally, and we send out cancellation agenda. we would probably do that a week in advance, though the rules say we need to provide 72 hours notice minimum, but that way, it provides for that opportunity to have items to be heard, if they need to be. >> okay, thank you. >> jonas: anything else?
if not, commissioners, we can move on to consideration of items proposed for continuance. items 6a and b. i have no speaker cards. >> does any member of the public wish to speak to the continuance? closed public comment. back to the commission. >> i move we continue them. >> second. >> jonas: thank you. on that motion to continue item 6a, commissioner black? johns? pearlman? matsuda? hyland? so moved that passes unanimously 5-0 if the acting zoning administrator could continue item 6b.
so so move to continue to october 2. >> very good. that will place this under the item 7. item 7, 2622 jackson street. this is a certificate of appropriateness. >> good afternoon, commission. shannon ferguson, department staff. the item before you is request for certificate of appropriateness for the property. also known as the george gibbs residence. the building is on the north side of jackson street between scott street and pierce street in the pacific heights neighborhood. the house was designed by willis polk and constructed in 1895.
the proposed project is a facade restoration, window replacement and the replacement of the portion of the front retaining wall. the scope of work for the facade restoration includes limited in-kind replacement of sandstone, cladding and the portico elements. where the stone units are deteriorated beyond repair. limited in-kind of deteriorated portions of the sandstone, facade cladding and portable elements. pinning of delaminated sandstone. repair of the smaller areas of cladding that needs patching. repairing the cracks on the stone facade cladding and portico and underpinning for larger cracks. replacement of a portion of the front retaining wall with new
stone cladding, with a cap to match the existing retaining wall. and finally, selected in-kind replacement of 19 existing wood windows with new wood windows. the project sponsor has completed studies, including a report that details the areas in need of restoration and recommended treatment options for each feature. mortar color recommending the color and type of mortar to be used: you'll also find a material sheet in the packets, that shows the new stone will match the existing as close as possible. staff has determined that the proposed work will be in performance with the quotes. the secretary of the interior standards and will be compatible with the character-defining features of the landmark. based on this analysis, staff
recommends approval with the following conditions. the project sponsor shall accommodate site visits. with the approved project description and conditions approval. and in addition to regular site visits, mockups and repairs and the replacement materials provided prior to completion of work for planning department review and approval. this concludes my presentation. the architect is also here and would like to make a brief presentation. >> welcome. would five minutes be sufficient? >> i think less will be fine. >> okay, perfect. i'm louis butler, the architect and lead member of the team fort restoration. incidentally, one of the restorations we did was ellenwood, that's the landmark on the corner of pacific and
divisadero. it was a fascinating exercise, actually and we expect this to be at the same level. i just like to emphasize this starts with the portico restoration. the portico is in very, very bad shape and has been temporaried braced for a while. you have the letter from the structural engineers on that process. the scaffold will be starting the restoration. we'll be doing sounding surveys and the south elevation will be cleaned as outlined on page 7 of the report. the entire portico will be carefully numbered. a steel ring will be inserted. and we will stabilize the columns and the bases with steel plates. we have to core existing steel columns to allow existing columns to have steel.
only one column, number 3, will be new. the sourcing of the stone is interesting. we've done that in an exhaustive way that will be satisfactory. all the stove will be carved to match exactly the detail on sheet 8.1. we move onto the west facade, then the rear and east. those involve micro pinning. the square feet of the amount of repair is on age 42 for the south. 76 for the west. we also have qualification sheets for all of the team members. you heard from shannon ferguson. we've also brought actual samples with us if you have interest in the carved stone and wood windows. we have additional detail. the project architect is here with me and i'd like to move this quickly to specific questions. i think that's the important part of the discussion.
so thank you very much. >> president hyland: do we take public comment on the item? any member of the public wish to comment on 2622 jackson? closed public comment. bring it back to the commission. >> commissioner black: i just want to begin by -- and we can get into the details later, but i wanted to begin by commending the team for working so hard on a house that is a very significant house and very special in superb -- especially its cladding, which is the subject of a lot of the work proposed. this appears to be a very well-researched and thought-through process that the team put into it. and i wanted to commend the team and the client for going through
these steps to preserve such an important house. it's why we get pleasure serving here, is when a team of people and a client get together to do something like this. it did have one comment on a window. it seems so petty in the grand scheme of everything that is being done. on sheet a3.4. there is a single glazed kitchen window. probably a double hung window originally. and they're proposing to put a single pane window in. it's right next to an existing double pane. >> n104? >> yes, n104. it's a side elevation. it's not a street-facing elevation. it would be bring this house
into perfection if -- >> i guess the question is, why is it not a double hung? >> commissioner black: that is a good question. >> president hyland: please come to the mic. >> you've got to come to the mic. >> i'm dave stern. that existing window is covered up on the interior. there is a pantry there. it's long been covered. so it exists currently on the facade, but it's no longer truly a window. we were going to keep it, of course. that certainly could become a double-hung if it needed to be replaced. >> commissioner black: since it's being replaced, if that at all helps it pair up with its neighbor? i don't know. subject to the... >> the statement on the obvious. we didn't come this far to not
do that last little bit. so if you feel strongly, that's fine with us. >> i would agree with commissioner black, it's a tiny gesture, but that would -- from the outside at least it would look authentic. just the matching window to existing 105. >> agreed. >> okay. >> by the way, this is the posting affidavit. >> okay. sorry. >> questions or comments? >> yeah, i also want to compliment the team. this is extremely impressive. i was particularly interested and just find it fantastic that not only is the stone from calusa county which is where it was originally -- not from there originally -- sorry [laughter]. sorry to make you jump up and down. >> actually it's from the akiana
bay in oregon. we did try to source sandstone in calusa, but there was a limited quantity. and what we're going to actually use is a barea sandstone from southwest ohio. and it matches. >> i like that the stone carver is nick fair play. that's impressive, too. >> all right. >> yeah, i endorse this. i think this is very impressive and you know kind of the -- could be a guide for how this kind of restoration work should be done. not often done, but should be done. i really compliment the owner for wanting to take it on at that level of detail. so, thank you. >> president hyland: any other comments, questions? motion? >> i would move to approve this with conditions as written. and with the amendments of
commissioner -- >> to replace -- or to replace the opening at 104 with a matching double-hung at window 105. >> commissioner black: second. >> jonas: thank you, on that motion to approve with conditions as amended to condition of replacing 104 to match double hung window on 105. black? johns? pearlman? matsuda? president hyland? so moved, that motion passes unanimously 5-0. that will place is us on items 8a through g. for case numbers 2019515652lbr,
2019-154657, 662lbr, 683lbr, and for properties at 313024th street. 857 geary street. 57 post street. 772 pacific avenue. 1555 pacific avenue. 510 green street. these are legacy businesses registry applications. >> hello, commissioners. shelly caltagirone. we have seven applications. i'll give you a quick summary of each and note what we're recommending for safeguard. we have several applicants here ready to speak. the first is the dobey books arts cooperative. 316, 16th street.
facing a large rent hike, a group of supporters came together to form a cooperative business structure to preserve the store. it moved to 3130 24th street where it joined independent book stores adding to bookstore row. the cooperative is interested in building a connection between the bookstore and the exhibition space by encouraging artists to make site-specific works of reference or engage with the bookstore. we're recommended dedicated gallery space, cooperative business model and commitment to live events. the next applicant is the ha-ra club. i did not check the pronunciation. the club was opened at 857 geary street in the tenderloin in 1956. by a boxer and henry hank
hampstead, a wrestler. the name comes from a combination of the names hank and ralph. the club was owned solely by ralph until 1987 when he passed it to his son rick. rick owned it until 2015 when it was sold to an ownership group. with the closure of the gangway, the club has become the neighborhood's longest running bar. the property is also a contributor to the national register listed uptown tenderloin district. we're recommending the following features to be safeguarded. the geary facade with the brick walls, the original brick floors, wooden bar, and the reproduction of red wallpaper. the next applicant is the mechanic institute located at 57
post street. it is the oldest surviving library in california, and the oldest chess club in the nation. it was conceived on december 11, 1854 by a group of mechanics, artists, craftsman and laborers who was satisfied with the lack of libraries and educational opportunities for adults. in 1908, they hired someone to design the current home. a nine-story building finished july, 1910. it was declared local landmark in 1981. we're recommending the following features to be safeguarded. there are library events and chess departments, the landmark building and character-defining features and independent learning, grassroots, community building and social responsibility and cultural exploration. the next applicant is new asia restaurant established in
february 1987 by a husband and wife. 772 pacific avenue to chinatown. it is the largest restaurant in the neighborhood, with seating of 100 tables. in addition to banquets, many fundraisers, beauty pageants and lunar new year celebrations are held. it is the last remaining chinese restaurant of its size in chinatown now that the empress of china and gold mountain have closed. the current owners of new asia restaurant purchased the business in february 2002. we're recommending the following features to be safeguarded. the southern chinese cuisine, the push carts, the large floor space, including the dance floor and the script above the center
stage, meaning double happiness in chinese script. the next applicant is national picture framing centers. it was established on july 1, 1974 by peter -- i'm going to mispronounce this -- as a result of his personal experience looking for accessible and affordable framing. the company consists of frame, located at 1920 polk street. plus the company's production facility and headquarters at 1545 and 1555 pacific avenue. peter called is first store do a rama. in between 1974 and 87, the format of the store evolved as a result to customer needs, becoming a full framing business. we recommend that all four locations are noted for the
applicant and that the following features are safeguarded. the business with a wide array of picture framing options and support for local workers, small businesses and families. the next applicant is sodini's green valley restaurant. that has operated since 1906. it was originally known as green valley restaurant. it has maintained its italian roots and traditions. the restaurant is known for serving classic dishes that provide traditional with their simplicity and 90% of the clientele are north beach residents. it was constructed in 1910. it appears to be eligible for listing on the national register as well. we are recommending the following features to be safeguarded. their classic italian cuisine, the original bar, the 7up sign, the neon blade sign, the floor
plan and the decorating of walls. last applicant. anresco laboratories, founded in 1943. it continues today as a family owned business with his son and grandchildr grandchildren. the lab provides food nutritional analysis, including testing foods for pesticide and herbicide residue. it is only one of two lab tories in california that is accredited for all analytical procedures requireded by the bureau of cannabis control in california. we're recommending their location on van dyke avenue and the following two feature. their food and cannabis laboratory for consumer safety and their expertise in micro
biology. that concludes the presentation. >> questions? go ahead and open this to public comment. member of the public, just step up. we don't have any cards at the moment. >> hi, thank you for having me. my name is karen edwards. i worked for the mechanic's institute for 12 years as a librarian. the decision to found the san francisco mechanic's institute was made on december 11, 1854 in city hall. then it was located at ports smith square. from the beginning, our directors knew what sort of institution they wanted to create. they wanted to offer a library with open stacks, so that the books were accessible to all members.
that is commonplace in libraries now, but with it was a revolutionary idea in 54, because the public needed to be shielded from what those books might contain. they also wanted to host a gameroom, where folks could spread out their chess and checker boards. they wanted to offer classes that stretched the mind and taught new skills and to be an organization that welcomed everyone, regardless of race or gender. and to cost as little as possible. one has to keep in mind this was some 25 years before public funding for libraries came into play here in california. and far before there were -- there was public funding for adult schools and community colleges. today, in our landmark building, we continue these aims and we're one of the few mechanics institute in the world that continues to operate on its
original mission. we have a beautiful library, a rich calendar of cultural events, and a chess program that is world renowned and reaches over 30 schools of children, teaching them the game of chess. which is fantastic, not only for the skill of the game, but it also improves their concentration, self-esteem, and it fosters good citizenship. over 164 years, mechanics institute has contributed in innumerable ways as we know and enjoy here in san francisco. it's a place that -- where ideas have come to fruition that have changed our world, whether it be the cable car, the san francisco public library, or perhaps more importantly -- [bell ringing] -- funding for california's library. as it did with the rogers act of
1878. it has been our privilege to serve san francisco for 164 years and we are very proud to be considered for the legacy business registry. and we look forward to the opportunities that it will afford us. most importantly, it will -- adding us to the registry will make achieving our goal easier -- [bell ringing] -- to support the intellectual and social needs of the san francisco bay area for generations to come. thank you. >> president hyland: thank you. any other members, please, step up. >> hi. my name is mark sodini. i'm here on behalf of sodini's green valley. it's pretty simple. it's open in the early 1900s.
we've had it for 28 years. it was green valley for almost 100 years. it's been in the neighborhood forever. and it's 90% local. everyone that works there is within a three-block radius. we were just featured on check, please, actually, so, yeah, it's a staple in the neighborhood and i just appreciate your time. and thank you for everything. >> president hyland: thank you. >> hi, i wasn't prepared to say anything today, but felt like i should. i'm jim dragga. i own cheap pete's. i worked for peter for 10 years before that. it's a very exciting time for us. and we were -- when shelly came to us and the store manager and asked about the legacy business, we jumped at the chance.
we thought it would be great for our business and employees. we currently employ about 45 employees that live and work in san francisco. and the other 30 are in the rest of the bay area. so we wanted to just make sure we had a say in what happens on our street and what happens to our building in the future. and we're hoping this would help us with that. that's all i want to say. >> president hyland: thank you. anyone else like to address the commission? >> i apologize for being slow. i'm david eisenberg, president of anresco lab tories. my father founded the business 76 years ago after getting his ph.d. from stanford university.
my father's mission in life was to increase the stock and store of human knowledge. i joined my dad 45 years ago. at that time, there was four of us. my father, myself, one chemist and one secretary. today, we're about 85 people in total. we are one of four laboratories that accounted for the testing of food to meet f.d.a. requirements, a couple of years ago when i had data i'm the only non-asian member of the food association, which ties in, because my mother could speak mandarin. i'm terribly grateful for anresco being considered for the legacy status. and we have a beautiful analytical laboratory which we opened in 2014, which i think is a work of modern functional
industrial art and all of you are welcome at any time to visit if you'd like to see a beautiful laboratory which has architectural merit. we continue our research in numerous areas, water treatment, which is one of my dad's issues from his work at stanford so many years ago. the food chemistry, the cannabis testing and we manufacture analytical tracers for animal feed and for human drugs. if we can get the tracers for human drugs off the ground, we may save lives, by allowing anybody on the street to test a pill or tablet to know if it's authentic. these are some of the interesting things we continue to work on. the great thing of being in san francisco is there is so many qualified capable young scientists and experienced scientists available. and that's what we continue to do. thank you so much. >> president hyland: great. thank you.
anyone else? >> hello. my name is heather holt and i'm representing the dolby books cooperative. i want to say as a member of the cooperative, i've been involved since 2003, when it was still a sing single-owner shop. we continued to be open and non-judgmental space for artists, poets, writers and every human that wanders through the store door. i'm grateful for the opportunity. thank you. >> president hyland: thank you. anyone else? close public comment. bring it back to the commission. commissioners? >> commissioner johns: this is really such an interesting collection of businesses. i personally have patronized four of them and for 15 years
had an office in the mechanic's institute. as a matter of fact i was just there a week ago when the mechanic institute and the san francisco historical society did a joint program on music from the mid winter fair of 1894. those of you who missed it, approximately, everybody in this room, really missed a great event. [laughter]. it's so wonderful to see the variety of these businesses that really keep san francisco, san francisco and strengthen the fabric of our society. so i would definitely move that we move these applicants forward. >> commissioner pearlman: i agree. this is just such a range of types of businesses. just a few quick comments.
i think it is the ha-ra club. i think that's right. the facade on that and the sign are just fantastic. i've been by there a number of times. it has wonderful gothic period ornament on it that is really quite great. i'm wondering if mechanic's institute is the longest legacy business we have for the longest number of years. i couldn't remember boudin's -- 164 years is pretty much back to the beginning, so that's an amazingly impressive thing. and the building itself is quite exquisite. the new asia restaurant, i've been there for a number of times. it's the host of the cong pow.
that's what we did on christmas day, go for chinese food. that's appropriate. and mr. jocelyn and i went one year. we were in line next to each other as we were going in. i also wanted to comment -- is it mr.ize -- eisenberg, sorry. i'm so impressed with the pride you exhibit about your business. i think that comes through with all of the people who come to talk about their businesses. and something as, you know, kind of obscure, because it's not on any tourist map you're going to go down the avenue, but you have the same, you know, presence of this is what san francisco is about, is our business. which just makes the whole legacy program so enchanting for the city. and so i just congratulate you
on your business and really a thank you from all of us for all of you being in business and bringing yourselves to the city and to us. thank you. >> president hyland: anything else? >> commissioner matsuda: i also want to thank all of you for being -- for persevering during these very challenging times to have a small business. i especially liked the summary that shelly did on the acobo books and the structure. i thought that was a difficult way of dealing with a tough challenge. being displaced in the neighborhood. i'm wondering if we can maybe schedule an agenda item to have an update about what is happening in the small business
legacy world. and then maybe to have some, i don't know, things on the website to share. i don't know, they're not tips, but just to share some stories about how small businesses have been able to overcome many challenges. >> if i can speak to that. one of our partners at oewd is initiating a program right now to do more educating in the community about the succession planning and moving into cooperative worker-own models as a way of continuing business. i can reach out to our colleague and see if she is interested in including the commissioners in the dialogue, or even presenting the findings of the work. i believe they have a grant -- i know it's called a seed grant, but i can't remember what it stands for. i can get back to you.
>> that would be great. it would be great if the commission -- i don't know if we can be an official sponsor, or at least some sort of partner to that. you don't have to pay any money, right? >> [laughter]. >> i will second the motion. >> president hyland: thank you. there is a motion that is seconded to adopt recommendations for approval for the legacy business. on that motion, commissioner black? johns? pearlman? matsuda? and president hyland? thank you, commissioners. that motion passes unanimously, 5-0. commissioners that places us on item 9, case 2013.0225u. the ucsf research and academic building at zsfg for review and
comment. >> good afternoon, department staff. the project for you is a -- >> excuse me. i'll need to recuse myself for this item. >> i move that you be recused. >> second. >> i need to stay -- in the last year i had a financial relationship with arg which is a consultant on this project which is why. >> very good on the motion to r commissioner hyland? that motion passes unanimously. >> the project for you is a review and comment on the ucsf research and academic building at the zuckerberg san francisco general hospital. seeking concurrence on the project design relative to mitigation that was adopted as
part of the environmental impact report for the project. the project includes demolition of a parking lot. it's a five-story research facility. comprising a mix of dry laboratory space, wet labs and desk top research. the project would retain some of the historic elements on the site, including fence, guardhouse and two gate pillars. as you see in the packet we provided, we provided analysis by the consultant. i'll invite the architect up to present the project it you. >> good afternoon, commissioners. it's a pleasure to be here and present this very important project we think for ourselves, our clients and certainly for the city and county of san francisco. as rich mentioned, the project
is a research building and it is intended to serve the staff and research that is already occurring on campus. people may not realize, but sf general and ucsf have a partnership going back approximately 140 years, so it's a longstanding relationship and important part of the success of the hospital. should note that sf general is important to us because in addition to serving many of the underserved communities in our city, they are also a trauma one facility, which includes a requirement for research. and they're the only trauma one center between stanford and sacramento. so we serve a large area. as mentioned, one of the things we started with was looking to adhere to the mitigation measures, with -- which included
15 guidelines. as part of that, we thought it was important to conduct our own analysis and understanding of the campus and its architecture to make sure that what we were designing was very much in compatible to the campus and its fabric. what you see in front of you are the historic structures within the campus. we're looking, 23rd street on the bottom. and mixed in with the historic structures, are newer structures. the mainly hospital opened 2016 and building 5, a structure from the 70s. the site for the project is in the southeast corner. as you can see, it's where there is currently a surface parking lot. so we're not touching any existing historic structures. the project includes a roadway
project which is to complete the vehicular circulation as part of removing the parking lot. and as part of the project, we have loading on the east side along vermont street. and a proposed entrance as part of the requirements on the northwest corner of the building. i'll go into that in a bit more. so, along the southern edge of the site, is an existing series, a gate with brick and iron fencing, as well as a gatehouse up against the west side. these will be retained. and then there is an existing historic fountain that is in the middle of the parking lot. remnants of a prior building. that will be relocated somewhere to be determined, on the campus. as part of the analysis, we really wanted to understand the
evolution of the campus, its pattern of building, pattern of entry space. but over time, as hospital evolved to meet the needs of current hospital and health care, you'll see that very large buildings were built and the campus really became access from this internal street. most of the buildings have actually sort of turned their entries into this now. that is the primary dressing. our project here is in the bottom right, the southeast corn other of the plan. so the other things that i think are quite striking about the campus, first of all, the strong east-west graining of the campus. we have the single wards as well as the building five which all have the strong east-west
graining. fortunately, the site has a similar orientation, so it makes it natural for the building to reflect that graining. the other thing to note about the campus, its general rise in scale. it starts at the neighborhood scale of two stories at the perimeter. there is the building nine which is the nurse's building. it is three stories, rises to five for buildings 30 and 40 and then ultimately up to buildings 25 and 5, which are 140 feet. the other thing we studied carefully was the elevations of the buildings. they're quite interesting when you look carefully at them. they are -- they're characterized by being very expressive of function, which is something you don't necessarily see of buildings of this type and era. you see repetitive windows, the ward itself, which is densely
spaced. you see the zone to the right there, which is exam rooms, so greater privacy, larger rooms, more spread out. and then on either end, you can barely see in yellow, are special bays that were collective spaces, waiting rooms, things like that. and each of these zones separated by a solid band of brick. and then all tied together with the horizontal bands noted by the red lines. building nine has the same pattern, but since it was a dormitory for nurses, the spacing windows are more spread out, reflecting larger rooms. and you also have the -- some expression of the double-loaded corridors, the common areas, on the elevation as well. [please stand by]
>> this starts group windows into stacks of two stories. so we brought that same coursing over to the proposed project. those two stories then have pilasters for brick -- it keeps jumping around here -- and woven with spandrads. the materials we're proposing are meant to be sympathetic with the campus. we have a material's pallett if you would like to see it. terra cotta to reflect the brick. we have two kinds, the vertical striaded and helps to deepen the
tonality of it. the windows are composed of glass and then we have solid metal panels to provide a sense of depth in elevations which is very important. these elements are what bring richness to the campus. the one on the right is from building nine and reflects the stairway in building 9. for our western portion where we place the townhall communal
space, we're use * using buff cr terra cotta to call out the special part of the building. this is both, i think, appropriate for the architecture but important for the overall campus but this now demarks the main entrance into the campus. the hardest time, i'll be honest, with the requirement for an entry on the south side of the building. this is for researchers and staff, so the general public is not coming in or out of this building. secondly, very pragmatically, the campus has a real concern
with security. there have been issues on campus. there's a population that creates issues on the campus and so for security reasons, there's a desire to have the campus entry face north. so what we did, as you can see, we had the lobby run all the way from north to south so that it is a single glass volume all the way at the western end of the building. and so when you're approaching the building from on campus, looking southward here, you can see very clearly where the entry is denoted with the signage. there's a public element such as the stair to open up the interior of the building and thing lobby is the entire ground floor on the bottom right. as you move around the building looking here directly from the west, and then ultimately, as you approach it, as the public would have the south, you see that lobby and you are -- it's very clear where the entry to the building is.
although, the doors themselves are from the north and that was our approach. that was a brief overview and we spent a great deal of time, the team spent time developing this project and we're happy to answer questions. with me here, i should mention, is ken humphrey, our design build partners and ellen owens from ucsf, our clients. thank you. >> i would like to take public comment. anyone who would like to make public comment at this time? >> good afternoon. i want to make a pick remark.
you said this was newton thorpe. he died of a heart attack in 1981989 checking out hospitals. this was opened years later. there were several people that were architects and then there was john gellen-howard, john reed, jr. are consulting architects and so it may be that they designed the building. so i would like you all to send somebody into the archives to find out actually who designed these buildings because dear old mr. thorpe passed away before