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Friday, February 8, 2013

From Steel to Wheels: the Cor-o-van Building Past, Present, and Future: Cor-o-van site and future

From Steel to Wheels: the Cor-o-van Building Past, Present, and Future: Cor-o-van site and future:

The block where the Cor-o-van company and buildings are situated is also the site of a proposed development: a Kaiser clinic, formula retail, and separate housing units, though these proposals are as of yet un-approved.  Regardless of what transpires with that proposal, the current structures may be destroyed in the years to come unless they are selected for architectural preservation or adaptive reuse. The Kaiser proposal is the latest in a series that seek to eliminate the neighborhood’s few remaining examples of industrial architecture despite a growing awareness and appreciation of the economic and cultural benefits of architectural adaptive reuse. This subject provides a rich area for research and a locus for inspired cultural expression, community engagement and broader civic debate.

In February 2013 the Potrero Branch of the San Francisco Public Library will hold an exhibition dedicated to one of Potrero Hill’s few remaining examples of industrial architecture: the Cor-o-van moving company’s structures at 16th, 17th and Mississippi Streets. You are invited to participate in this exhibition by submitting art that is inspired by these buildings, their history, and their potential for adaptive reuse.

Save the dates for these exhibition receptions:

6-8 pm, Saturday, Feb. 23rd 2013, Potrero branch library, 1616 20th Street, SF

7 pm, Friday, March 1st 2013, Farley’s Coffee, 1315 18th Street, SF

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