[Palace of Fine Arts via Chris Saulit]
From the Curbed inbox:
With the Exploratorium moving into its new waterfront location at Pier 15, I'm wondering what will happen to the vacant space left at the Palace of Fine Arts.Yesterday was the museum's last open day at the Palace of Fine Arts, as the Explorium packs up its exhibits to head over to their new Pier 15 location (set to open April 17). So what's to become of the old space? The massive structure is currently owned by the Recreation and Park Department, and will return to their control. The department held meetings in December with Marina residents to hear what they would like to see in the space, and will soon seek proposals. A Palace of Fine Arts Advisory Committee has formed to provide Rec & Park with recommendations for future uses from various community, local business, and property management perspectives. While no specific plans are proposed yet, the committee has offered an initial framework to base projects, including public access, retaining the theater, preserving the architecture, "synergistic with adjacent outdoor spaces," family friendly, and including some kind of food service. They're thinking something along the lines of museum, exhibition space, venue for trade and craft shows, or art studios, and are open to both multiple-tenant and single-tenant uses. In the meantime, Rec & Park has started negotiations with an interim tenant, saying only that it was either an international art or educational use (causing some Marina neighbors to worry that it might be the Academy of Art). Readers, what would you like to see in the space?
· Crowds jam Exploratorium on its last day [SF Gate]
· 'For rent' – the future of the Palace of Fine Arts unfolds [Marina Times]
· Details on the New Waterfront Exploratorium [Curbed SF]