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Italian Palaces Shouldn't Have Towers

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Never mind the "historic" Tonga Room — the Historic Preservation Commission yesterday dissed the real meat of the Fairmont Hotel's proposal, its new 26-story residential tower. Saying the tower belonged more in Mission Bay or SoMa than in Nob Hill, the chairman of the commission also said that "part of the significance of the Fairmont is that it’s an Italian palace with a garden in the back and a terrace. I don’t think there’s any argument for having a tower." Though it may be a little late to start arguing for no tower at all. [SF Examiner, previously]