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Commissioned murals at Lucky 13 painted over

The cover-up comes just days after it was announced that the dive bar will soon shutter

Red exterior of Lucky 13 bar. Photo by Torbak Hopper

The eradication of color and life along San Francisco’s Market Street continues unabated. The most recent example—the desecration of the Lucky 13 murals, a commissioned art project for cocktail purveyors Trick Dog.

Although the condemned bar recently received a graffiti complaint from the city, the two murals were hardly of the tagged variety. According to Hoodline, the cover up happened over night and the bar owner had no idea it happened.

“[Lucky 13 bar manager Martin Kraenkel] said there was no real graffiti there, but to save the murals, Lucky 13's owner and operator Brian Spiers took photos of the commissioned art and sent them to city representatives,” reports Hoodline. “Although Spiers owns the bar, he doesn't own the property and isn't involved in its redevelopment.”

The Trick Dog Mural Project commissioned 14 artists to created murals all over San Francisco, works of art that paired with the Mission District bar’s new cocktail menu.

Here’s what the murals used to look like:

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And here’s what the murals look like now:

This week it was announced that the beloved 25-year-old punk bar will be razed to make way for a new condo building. And the old space’s history is a rich one.

“The bar’s building is one of 18 clubhouses built for Woodmen of the World 1906,” notes Eater SF. “It’s also an iconic space for SF’s LGBT community as it has had many different stints as dance clubs in the ’70s, and was where Supervisor Harvey Milk held meetings.”