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$60M Addition to War Memorial Has 'Mammoth' Hurdles to Clear

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Speaking of the War Memorial upgrade, the SF Examiner has a rendering today of the 40,000-square-foot addition, along with a story about the proposal. Looks like what we have above is the latter of two designs being considered for the annex, "neither of which have been vetted by the historic preservation community" at this point. The architect isn't mentioned, but presumably it's Mark Cavagnero — in his SFBT profile this past Friday, he mentions a Beaux Arts option for the addition that would blend right in with the existing building, and another option that would be "very deferential in massing, shape, form and size, but ... a more contemporary building utilizing green technologies." The $60 million addition would allow San Francisco Opera to consolidate a number of operations currently spread throughout the city, and has already been thumbs-up'd by the War Memorial's board of trustees, though "the hurdles it would take to get this done are mammoth."
· Opera envisions expansion [SF Examiner]
· Cavagnero projects on the board [SF Business Times]
· SFJAZZ's Hayes Valley Theater Plans Should Be Arriving in Spring [Curbed SF]

War Memorial Veterans Building

401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102