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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bayview Opera House receives national historic status

From SFGate,

At last, a once-dilapidated, recently-restored cultural center and longtime local landmark in southeast San Francisco has been named a national historic monument.

The Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre is the first landmark in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood to be inducted to the National Register of Historic Places.

Registration, awarded by the National Parks Service, protects the 122-year-old San Francisco Victorian building from any changes not authorized by the State Historic Preservation Office.

"Efforts to preserve this historic site are now ensured -- it's never going to be torn down," said Luis Cancel, executive director of the San Francisco Arts Commission, which owns the building.

The registration, formalized Friday, builds on an ongoing effort to restore the opera house to its original glory.

Read more at SFGate

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