Historic Preservation Commission
San Francisco Beautiful helped establish the Historic Preservation Commission in The Historic Preservation Commission is responsible for identifying and designating San Francisco landmarks and buildings and for reviewing applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for alterations, site improvements and new construction.
In 1947, our founder, Friedel Klussmann, organized the Citizens Committee to Save the Cable Cars, fought back many threats through the years to curtail or abolish the system and finally in 1971 led the successful Proposition Q ballot initiative for the City Charter amendment freezing the minimum cable car service at the levels provided for as of July of that year.
Protect Coit Tower
In 2014 Protect Coit Tower was awarded the DIY Award. Protect Coit Tower sponsored the successful Proposition B in June 2012 which requires that the City maintain Coit Tower as an open public space and prioritize the funds generated from visitors to Coit Tower to be spent on preserving and beautifying the historic murals. For […]
Bayview Opera House
In 2012, San Francisco Beautiful recognized the Bayview Opera House preservation with a Beautification Award. For more than 40 years, San Francisco Beautiful has been honoring San Franciscans who make special contributions to the unique character and beauty of our City with the Annual Beautification Awards.
In 2011, San Francisco Beautiful recognized the renovation of the Sunnyside Conservatory with a Beautification Award. A 100-year old treasure once slated for demolition in the Sunnyside neighborhood, the Sunnyside Conservatory was saved by a dedicated group of community members to preserve and repurpose this cherished neighborhood landmark. For more than 40 years, San Francisco Beautiful […]
Land’s End/GGNRA Trail Revitalization
In 2010, the Land’s End and Coastal Trail Revitalization Project was honored for their contribution to open space in San Francisco. With the support of a tremendous volunteer effort, this project made one of our most beautiful places accessible for visitors while providing protection for local wildlife. For more than 40 years, San Francisco Beautiful […]
In 2009, San Francisco Beautiful recognized Proposition J with a Robert C. Friese Award for Neighborhood Conservation for creating a Historic Preservation Commission. The award recognized the efforts of a coalition who organized themselves as ‘Citizens for Smart Planning’ to draft, fundraise and campaign for the passage of the measure. This award receives the SFB Robert […]
Piers 1 1/2, 3 & 5
In 2009, San Francisco Beautiful recognized Piers 1 1/2, 3 & 5 with a Beautification Award. The restoration of these historic pier structures has created a commercial development space with public waterfront access. The project is the effort of San Francisco Waterfront Partners, LLC and the Port of San Francisco. For more than 40 years, […]
In 2008, San Francisco Beautiful recognized the restoration of Alvord Lake, located at the southeast of Golden Gate Park, with a Beautification Award. This lakelet has been lovingly taken under the wing of the Alvord Lake Gardening Party which meets every fourth Saturday to plant, weed, trim, pick up litter and sweep. For more than 40 […]
Palace of Fine Arts Lagoon Restoration
In 2007, San Francisco Beautiful recognized the Palace of Fine Arts Lagoon Restoration with a Beautification Award. For more than 40 years, San Francisco Beautiful has been honoring San Franciscans who make special contributions to the unique character and beauty of our City with the Annual Beautification Awards.