Calls to Action
On January 18, San Francisco's Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously to move forward with landmark designation of the former El Rey Theater, a 1931 neighborhood movie palace located at 1970 Ocean Avenue, designed by Art Deco master architect Timothy Pflueger.
This is the first step towards approval, which also must be approved by the city's Board of Supervisors, but it's a great first step. The nomination was sponsored by The Art Deco Society of California, written by VerPlanck Historic Preservation Consultants, and is in partnership with the Ocean Avenue Association. The ADSC received grants to fund this process from San Francisco Heritage, with an Alice Ross Carey grant, and grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Ingleside Terraces Homeowners.
The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation has also stated its support of the nomination. The ADSC hopes that the theater can be restored to its original grandeur and returned to use as a local community space for events, meetings, performance, film and other gatherings. Please stay tuned for alerts with dates of the next upcoming public meetings, where you can voice your support.
Save the Waldorf!
Act now to help the Art Deco Society of New York save the interior spaces of the Waldorf Astoria before it's too late!
We are distressed to learn that the world's preeminent Art Deco hotel will be gutted and turned into condos and fear that the lobby, entrances, Louis Rigal murals, and other great public spaces, such as the Grand Ballroom, will be destroyed.
We need your help immediately to convince the Landmarks Preservation Commission to act quickly to calendar and designate the public interior spaces of the iconic Art Deco masterpiece, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
This week The Wall Street Journal article, "Classic Waldorf Hotel to Be Gutted, Up to 1,100 Rooms Turned Into Condos," reported that the Waldorf-Astoria interiors are in jeopardy. See more here.
Please take a moment to help preserve the interiors of this important Art Deco building. All you have to do is:
- Click the "ACT NOW!" button below
- Select "Misc. Comments" for Message Type
- Select "Landmarking Process" for Message Topic
- Fill in your contact information if you so choose
- Write your own or paste this statement into the Message text box: I implore the LPC to act quickly in calendaring and designating the public interior spaces of the Waldorf-Astoria before these iconic spaces are demolished.
Save the Napa Post Office!
Last August, a magnitude-6.0 earthquake damaged the historic Franklin Station post office in downtown Napa, California, forcing its closure. Now the U.S. Postal Service has announced its intention to tear it down as a cost-saving measure, against the wishes of the City of Napa and many of its citizens. Join us in speaking up to save it!
Built in 1933, Franklin Station is one of only a handful of Art Deco post offices in California and one of the most flamboyantly decorated—earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Places and in the hearts of Napa residents.
Despite widespread interest in the building’s preservation, USPS has thus far been set on razing it. If the USPS cannot afford the repairs, then it should engage residents and private developers in a plan that would reuse it.
If you agree, add your name TODAY to our letter to the Postmaster General, Megan J. Brennan to ensure the strong call for preservation is heard. On July 31, we will also share all signatures to the letter with the USPS consultant, Julia Mates to make sure your voice is counted in the local process.
Thank you for helping make a difference!
Napa Post Office
1625 Trancas St, Napa
Save the Carlos Club Neon Sign!
A great neon sign in downtown San Carlos is endangered. The new owner of the Carlos Club wants to change the letters on the iconic 30 foot vertical. The ADSC has written a letter to the city expressing our hope that they will begin a proper review of this historic resource, a first step toward preserving the sign and returning it to its original neon glory. Please sign the petition to voice your concerns.
612 El Camino Real, San Carlos
Save Glenview School!
The Oakland school board wants to use your tax dollars to tear down a treasured local landmark – Glenview Elementary school, built in 1927. They also plan to bus the displaced school children to a formerly abandoned site five miles away (Santa Fe Elementary on 54th and Market).
We oppose this senseless destruction and disruption of innocent lives. The district’s own analysis shows that the existing school building can be retrofitted for only 2/3 the cost of tearing it down and rebuilding. Yet they want to spend more of our tax money than they have to, while ignoring community input, destroying for all time a cherished local landmark, disrupting the lives of children, and placing teachers’ jobs at risk. We oppose all of these things.
Glenview Elementary School
4217 La Cresta Ave, Oakland
Front office: 510-531-6677