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Willie McCovey at Mission Bay, San Francisco
Willie McCovey Statue on McCovey Cove
19 June 2003
This section of NoeHill explores San Francisco points of interest that are either:
  • Included in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)
  • A California Historical Landmark
  • A San Francisco Landmark
  • Other Points of Interest

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NRHP Listings in San Francisco

The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) was authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to encourage the preservation of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in the history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture of the United States of America. Our sources for NRHP listings in San Francisco are the National Park Service websites: National Register of Historic Places and National Register Research Database.

California Historical Landmarks in San Francisco

California Historical Landmarks are buildings, structures, sites, or places that have been determined to have statewide historical significance. State landmarks are recommended by the State Historical Resources Commission, approved by the appropriate County Board of Supervisors, and officially designated by the Director of California State Parks. Most California Historical Landmarks have commemorative plaques. Our source for California landmarks is the California Office of Historic Preservation.

Locally Designated Landmarks

The San Francisco Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board was established in 1967. Its nine members are appointed by the Mayor of San Francisco. Nominated properties are subject to public hearings and must be approved by the Landmarks Board, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors before being designated as San Francisco Landmarks.

The San Francisco Planning Department does not make it easy for a citizen to find an official list of San Francisco Historic Landmarks and Historic Districts. Every time I find the list on the web and post a link, the Planning Deparmant moves the list to a new URL.

As of today, 11 December 2014, the list is posted at the American Legal Publishing Corporation website as Article 10 of the San Francisco Planning Code.

Points of Interest

This category allows us to photograph and discuss all things San Francisco that we would like to share.

The Fabulous Cockettes

It was the fall of 1970. Rex Reed and Truman Capote were missed at the Beverly Sills opening night post-opera ball. They, along with Mrs. Johnny Carson and Mrs. Sam Spiegel, were squeezing their way through the sold-out crowd at a Chinese movie house in San Francisco, where a group of flamboyant, radical hippies called The Cockettes had donned their wigs, makeup and petticoats for a midnight revue....