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San Francisco, California. 
January 16, 1933 



ANNUAL 
MEETING: 



Th© annual nee ting of the Art Corardssion of 
the City and County of San Francisco -was held on 
Monday, January 16, 1933, at 11 A.M. Room 228, City 
Hall, San Francisco. 



Chair. 



President Lewis P. Hobart presided in the 



There were present: 



Mr. Lewis P. Hobart 

Mr. Charles Stafford Duncan 

Mr. Herbert Fleishhs.cker 

Mr. Albert Creenbaum 

Mr. J. Emmet Hay den 

Mr. Emerson Knight 

Mr. Ottorino Hone hi 

Mr. Edgar Salter 



ABSEIIT: 



Hon. Angelo J. Rossi 
i.r. George W. Kelham 
Mr. John Bakewell, Jr. 
Mr. W.W.Chapin 
1 rfl .Gertrude At her ton 



MINUTES 
ADOPTED: 



The minutes of the p-evioua meeting,copy 
of which v.'as sent to each member of the Conmisiicn, 
were duly adopted as the minutes of the Regular 
Meeting of November 9, 1932. 



ELECTION The President announced that the next order of 

OF 

PRESIDENT: business was the election of a President for the term 

of one year. He then called for nominations. Mr» 

Lewis P. Hobart Was nominated for President and there 

was no other nominee. Commissioner Kaylen then called 

for the pleasure of the Board and on motion of 

Commissioner Walter, seconded by Commissioner 

Fleishhacker, the nomination was declared closed 

and the ballots of the Copnis si oners were then cast 

for the election of Mr. Lewis P. Hobart as President, 



The ballot being closed, it was announced that Mr* 
Lev/is P. Hobart was elected President of the Art Commission 
of the City an a County of S n Francisco for the term of one 
year and thereafter he presided at the deliberations of the 
Commission. 



ELECTION 
OF VI CE- 
PRESIEENT: 



The President then announced that the next order 
of business was the election of a Vice-President, for 
the term of one year. He then called for nominations, 
Mr. Ottorino Ronchi was nominated for Vice-President 
and there was no other nominee. Commissioner Fleishhacker 
then called for the pleasure of the Board and on motion 
of Commissioner Duncan, seconded by Commissioner Hayd«n, 
the nomination was declared closed and the ballots of the 
Commissioners were then cast for the election of Mr. Ottorino 
Ronchi as Vice-President. 



The ballot being closed, it was announced that 
Mr. Ottorino Ronchi was elected Vice-President of the 
Art Commission of the City and County of San Francisco 
for the term of one year. 



PERSONNEL The President then announced that the personnel 

OF 

COMMITTEES of the Committees of the Art Commission of the City and 

REMAIN 

SAME: County of San Francisco would remain the same. 



HAIG 
PATIG-IAN: 



The President then called the attention of 
the Commissioners to a letter from 1 r. Haig Patigian, 
which he requested the Secretary to read. 



"January 14, 1933. 



,exn c . . Hob art, 
President, Art Commission, 
San Francisco, California. 

Dear Lewis: 

Referring to the informal discussion we had 
a few days ago concerning the objection of certain 
parties to have the Firemen monument placed on Telegraph 
Hill, I wish to reiterate the fact that neither mysolf 
nor the executors of the will of Lillie H. Coit, the 
donor of the work, chose or asked for the site. 

The sculptural group is intended as an 
historical document, so to speak, to commemorate the 
Original Volunteer Fire Department of San Francisco, 
and my idea for its appropriate location from the start was 
to have the monument erected in that section of the city 
which embraced the early settlement so frequentl;/ ravaged 
by fire. This opinion was shared by William H. Crocker 
and Joseph D. Grant, the executors, who asked the Park 
Commission to alot a site for the monument in Washington 
Square, facing Columbus Avenue. Subsequently, Herbert 
Fleishhacker, President of the Park Commission, expressed 
the opinion that the location was not sufficiently 
prominent for such a momment, and suggested Telegraph 
Hill instead. The executors having accepted this change, 
I had nothing to say. 

For your information, I am now authorized to 
state that Mr. Crocker and Mr. Grant have reconsidered the 
question of sits and asked the Park Commission to change 
the location of the monument to Washington Square, our 
original cmoice. 

Yours very sincerely, 
HAIG PATTGIAH" 



The President then referred the matter tothe 
Committee on Sculpture, Statuary, Painting and Mural Decorations, 
with the request that the Committee report at the next meeting 
of the Commission. 



ST. FRANCIS Commissioner "Walter, Chairman of the Sculpture 

STATUE : 

Committee, then spoke on the Buffano Statue of St. Francis 

that a private group of San Franciscans desire to present 



to the City, and requested that his Committee have 

'-.s of said 
statu© before reporting to the Commission, 



MUSIC 

COMMITTEE 
RESOLUTIONS: 



Commissioner Ilayden, Chairman of the Musis 
Committee, submitted the following resolutions: 



RESOLUTION NO. 17 



Resolved That the Art Commission hereby authorizes 
the ilusic Committee to enter into contract for bond 
for TEH THOUSAND DOLLARS (510,000) for Peter D. 
Conley, Manager of Municipal Pop Concerts, premium 
to be paid by the City and County of San Francisco* 



RESOLUTION NO. 18 



RESOLVED that to meet the expenses incurred by 
the MUNICIPAL POP CONCERTS the Controller is hereby 
authorized by the Art Commission to transfer 
Five Hundred Dollars ($500) from Appropriation 
No. 43 (Auditorium Rent) to Appropriation No. 42 
(Municipal Pop Concerts). 



RESOLUTION NO. 19 



RESOLVED that to meet the expenses incurred by 
the MUNICIPAL POP CONCERTS the Controller is hereby 
authorized by the Art Commission to transfer 
One Thousand Dollars ($1000) from Appropriation 
No. 46 (Music Weak) to Appropriation No .4 2 
(MUNICIPAL POP CONCERTS). 



RESOLUTION NO. 20 



RESOLVED that to meet the expenses incurred by 
the MUNICIPAL POP CONCERTS the Controller is hereby 
authorized by the Art Commission to transfer 
One Thousand Dollars (#1000) from Appropriation 
No. 41 (Municipal Band) to Appropriation No .42 
(Municipal Pop Concerts). 



The resolutions, as submitted, met with the 
unanimous approval of the Commission. 



FULTON Commissioner Knight, reported that the San 

STREET 

PROJ ECT; Francisco Federation of Arts at its meeting of 

January 5th, 1933, endorsed the widening of Fulton 

Street, and presented the two following resolutions: 

"RESOLUTION NO. 



EAS the Art Commission of the City and County of 
San Francisco, the City Planning Commission and the 
San Francisco Federation of Arts have all fully 
endorsed the Emerson Knight project for the creation 
of Fulton Boulevard westward from Franklin Street 
to Scott Street with a diagonal extension to the Pan 
Handle of Golden Gate Parle, thus insuring a continuous 
parklike thoroughfare from the Civic Center to the sea; and 

WHEREAS, Mr. Alfred J. Cleary, Chief Administrator, has 
stressed the City's present lack of funds for such 
purposes and expressed doubt over the possibility 
of appropriating any moneys for the initial v/ork on the pro. 
ject this year, although he still feels that permits for 
permanent structures might be held up in relation to 
existing property lines along the route of this boulevard 
until such time as definite plans shall have been prepared 
establishing the new boulevard's property lines; 
NffiT, TIEREFO E, 

BE IT RESOLVED: That the Art Commission of the City and 
County of San Francisco requests that the Chief 
Administrator, the Director of Public Works, and Board 
of Supervisors, delay action on permits for permanent 
structures along the course of the above proposed 
boulevard until plans are :.>atured establishing the 
final property lines for said boulevard, in a spirit 
of fullest cooperation. 

RESOLVED FURTHERS That copies of this Resolution be 
forwarded to the Honorable Mayor, the Chief 
Administrative Officer, the Board of Supervisors, 
the City Planning Commission, the Director of Public 
Works, and the Board of Permit of Appeals." 



"RESOLUTION NO. 



the Art Commission of the City and County of 
San Francisco, the City Planning Commission and the San 
Francisco Federation of Arts have all fully endorsed 
the Emerson Knight project for the creation of Fulton 
Boulevard westward from Franklin Street to Scott Street 
with a diagonal extension to the Pan Handle of Golden 
Gate Park, thus insuring a continuous park like thorough- 
fare from the Civic Center to the sea; NOW, THEREFORE, 

BE IT RESOLVED: That in order to inaugurate this 
project the Art Commission requests an appropriation of 
One Thousand Dollars ($1000) in the 1933-34 Annual Appro- 
priation Ordinance, the sum to be applied on plans for 
the above Fulton Boulevard project. 



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LVED FURTHER that copies of this Resolution be 
forwarded to the Honorable Mayor, the Chief 
Administrative Officer, and the Honorable Board of 
Supervisors." 



The Presi dent announced that before the Commission take 
any action on the Pulton Street project the matter should be 
referred to a special committee for further study, consideration 
and report. He announced he would appoint said corrordttee at 
the next meeting of the Commission. 

TEMPORARY The President then revested the Secretary to read 
GRANDSTANDS: 

the following letter from the San Francisco Federation of 

Arts, 

"SAM FRA'CISCC FEDERATION 



January 4, 1933. 
(copy of letter dated 
November 7,1932.) 

The Art Commission, 

City Hall, 

San Francisco, Calif. 

Gentlemen: 

At a special maeting of the council of the 
San Francisco Federation of Arts on IVednesday 
November 2nd, I was instructed to write ; ou 
in reference to the continued use of crudely 
constructed temporary grandstands of unfinished 
lumber at the Civic Center. 

It was strongly urged that either some appropriate 
permanent reviewing stands or sightly movable 
structures, the design to be approved by the 
Art Commission, be devised for use at functions 
held at the Civic Center. It was felt that this 
solution would cost no more than the continued 
erection and destruction of unsightly and 
unfinished wood bleachers. 

Very truly yours, 

J. RANCIS HAED 

Secretary" 

Commissioner Hayden explained that the City already has 

a permanent grandstand of a finished character which is used 

on most occasions. He was of the opinion that the incident 

referred to was a special occasion when the permanent stand 

would not accommodate the number to be seated and it was 



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necessary to erect a temporary stand of unfinished 
wood. 

The Secretary was requested to furnish such 
information to the Federation of Arts. 

The President then expressed his thanks and 
appreciation to the entire Commission for their 
sincere efforts and work of the past year. 

REAPPOINTMENT The President then announced that His Honor, 

OF 

EMERSON the Mayor, by virtue of his authority, reappointed 

KNIGHT; 

Emerson Knight to hold office as a member of the Art 

Comj.j.s?ion for the term of five (5) years from and 

after the 15th day of January, 1933. 



KEETINS 
ADJOURNED: 



There being no further business before the Board, 
the meeting adjourned sine die at 12:10 noon. 




San Francisco, California 
February 14, 1953. 



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REGULAR 
MEETING: 



The regular meeting of the Art Commission of 
the City and County of San Francis oo was held on 
Tuesday, February 14, 1933, at 11 A.M. Room 228, City 
Hall, San Francisco. 



President Lewis P. Hobart presided in the Chair^ 



There were present: 



Mr. Lewis P. Hobart 
Mr s.Gertrude Atherton 
Mr. John Bakewell, Jr. 
Mr.W.W.Chapin 
Mr .Albert Greenbam 
Mr. J. Emmet Hayden 
Mr. George W. Kelham 
Mr. Emerson Knight 
Mr. Ottorino Rone hi 
Mr. Edgar Walter 



ABSENT: Hon. Angelo J. Rossi 

Mr. Herbert Fleishhacker 
Mr. Charles Stafford Duncan 



IINUTES 
ADOPTED: 



The minutes of the previous meeting of 
January 16, 1933, copy of which was sent to all 
Commissioners, v;ere duly adopted as the minutes 
of the Annual Meeting. 



BUDGET FOR 
1933-1934: 



The Executive Committee submitted the 
following as an Administration Budget for the 
Art Commission for the fiscal vear 1933-1934. 



ADMINISTRATION 



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BUDGET ESTIMATE OF ART OOIMESSIOB DEPARTMENT 
JULY 1933 



Number of Rat© 



Amount 



Amount 



DECREASE 



Employees Monthly Appropr iated requested by or 

Mayor Art Commission INCREASE 

1932-1933 1933-1934 



Salaries, Permanent 

Secretary 1 $250 $3000 

Steno-Clerk 1 75 900 



$3000 
900 



Total 



Contractual Services 



$3900 
$1000 



$3900 



$1500 Increase $500 



APPROPRIATIONS FOR ADVANCED: IT 
OF ART OR JOSIC 



Municipal Band Appro . 7 £41 

MunicL pal Pop Concerts 

Rent 

Municipal Chorus Director 

Municipal Chorus Expense 

Music Week 

Christmas Eve Celebration 



a 


$20,000 


$15,500 


Decrease 


$450C 


42 


5,500 


7,500 


Increase 


200C 


43 


1,500 


1,200 


Decease 


30C 


44 


4,000 


4,000 






45 


400 


800 


Increase 


40C 


46 


2,000 





Decrease 


200C 


47 


500 


500 







38,800 



134,900 



************* 

It was the unanimous opinion of the Board that 
the items recommended by the Executive Committee be 
considered the total budget request of the Art Commission 
for the fiscal year 1933-1934. 

Such recommendations were accepted with the provision 
that the detailed expenditures for music for the same period 
meet with the approval of the Music Committee. 



NOTE: The Music Committee held a meeting on 

February 17 and accepted the above items 
of the Executive Committee, 



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Commissioner Haydon, Chairman of the Music Committee, 
requested the Secretary to read the following letter from 
Edward F. Moffatt, Secretary of the San Francisco Symphony 
Orchestra. 



"SAM FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 
244 Kearny Street 

February 14, 1933. 

Mr. Joseph H.Dyer, Secretary 

Art Commission, 

City Hall, 

San Francisco, California. 

Dear Mr. Dyer: 

Tfe understand the Art Commission has under consider- 
ation the preparation of a budget for the forthcoming fiscal 
year, and with respect to the particular responsibility 
conferred on the Conmission under the Charter "to supervise 
and control the expenditures of all appropriations made by 
the Board of Supervisors for music and the advancement of 
art or music," on behalf of the Board of Governors of the 
Musical Association of San Francisco, we beg leave to sfcmit 
for the consideration of your Commission certain facts in 
connection with the activities of the Musical Association 
which maintainsthe San Francisco Symphony. 

Maintained for the most part by the generosity of 
public spirited music loving citizens, the organization 
has functioned for nearly two decades to build the Symphony 
body to its present artistic level, and we believe has served 
to establish San Francisco has one of the recognized music 
centers of the United States. At no time during this period 
has the Association been free from debt, but has managed from 
year to year to carry on. This struggle with a standing 
deficit has become increasingly difficult during the past two 
years . 

Under the cloud of the uncertain economic conditions 
of the times, the Board of Governors last season rightfully 
to the position that they could not assume the liability 
under any circumstances of increasing this deficit. The 
Board did, however, feel a deep civic obligation to present 
a season in the new Opera House, the plans of which from the 
first had contemplated its use by the Symphony Orchestra. In 
Planning the season, administrative costs were drastically cut 
to a minimum and sacrifices made in every other direction 
to make the season an artistic achievement. This, we believe, 
was accomplished and even though curtailed in length, the 
popularity and prestige of the orchestra gained tremendously, 
as evidenced by the attendance and enthusiasm of the audiences. 
With due respect jro the brilliant opera season and other worthy 
attractions that have appeared in the Opera House, we 
further believe that the Symphony season fulfilled a 
greater purpose than other agencies combined in affording 
to more citizens of San Francisco the opportunity of enjoying 



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their Opera House in its true purpose as a living 
memorial vdth a type of entertainment in keeping with 
its architectural dignity and beauty. In making plans 
for the recent season, we were under the impression your 
Commission had approved an appropriation of $10,000#00 
as a contribution toward the season, and upon that basis 
our calculations were made. IVe received but $7500.00, 
which added that amount to the difference to our deficit 
difficulties. 

In fac£ng the future, our Board does not feel it ca n 
assume the responsibility of making contracts or commi -talents 
unless it can foresee with reasonable assurance a sufficient 
amount in hand in the form of subscriptions and 
pledges. In making this petition we wish to remind your 
Commission that the Symphony is acknowledged to be the 
premier organization in the musical life of San Francisco 
and the meritorious effort of kindred activities is 
dependent to a great extent upon the continued existence 
of this parent institution. As an instance, the success 
of the Opera season is dependent upon the availability 
of the highly trained personnel of the Symphony Orchestra 
from which the Opera orchestra is drawn exclusively. 

In consideration of the foregoing, we feel justified 
in respectfully requesting uour Commission to include in 
your budget an appropriation for the maintenance of the 
Symphony Orchestra a minimum of $12,500.00 for the 1933 
season. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Edward F.Moffatt, Secretary" 

The following letter from Joseph S.Thompson, President 
of the Summer Symphony Association, was read: 



"SUMMER SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION 
26 O'Farrell Street 



February 11,1933 

Mr. Joseph Dyer, Secretary 
Art Commission 
City Hall 
San Francisco, California 

Dear Sir: 

The Summer Symphony Assoofttionwill conduct 
its eighth consecutive summer season of popular priced 
symphony concerts at the Civic Auiitorium during July and 
August of this year. 

During the past seven years these concerts have 
attracted audiences averaging six thousand people per 
concert. They have given the music lovers of moderate 
means the opportunity to hear the best music conducted 
by world famous masters at prices that they can afford. 

In order to present these concerts which as you 



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know entail considerable expense, to be concise 
approximately #4,500 per concert, it is essential 
that the City assists the Summer Symphony Association with 
an appropriation making it possible to hold down the price 
of tickets to twenty five and fifty cents per coupon for 
season tickets. 

In the past the appropriation was ^15,000 for ten 
concerts. Last season it was §10,000 for five concerts. 
This year the Summer Symphony Association will give eight 
concerts instead of five as last year. 

Although giving more concerts than last year the 
Summer Symphony Association feels that it should cooperate 
with the Administration in its desire to economize as much 
as possible for which reason it will not ask "or more than 
$10,000 this year. 

Assuring you that we thoroughly appreciate your 
cooperation and thanking you for your sympathetic 
attitude in the past, we remain 

Yours very cordially, 
SUMMER SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION 
By Jos. S.Thompson 
President" 



Commissioner Hayden then presented the following 
resolutions: 

"RESOLUTION No. 21 

"RESOLVED that the Art Commission hereby requests that 
the Chief Administrative Officer appropriate out of the 
Publicity and Advertising Fund for the 1933-1934 Annual 
Budget the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars(^10,000.00) for 
the San Francisco Summer Symphony Association. 

RESOLVED FURTHER that copies of this resolution be 
forwarded to His Honor the Mayor, the Chief 
Administrative Officer, and the Summer Symphony 
Association." 

"reselu Tier: ;;o.22 



"RESOLVED that the Art Commission hereby requests 
that the Chief Administrative Officer appropriate 
out of the Publicity and Advertising Fund for the 
1933-1934 Annual Budget the sum of Twelve Thousand 
Five Hundred Dollars ($12,500.00) for the San 
Francisco Musical Association for the support of 
the Symphony Orchestra. 

RESOLVED FURTHER that copies of this resolution 
be forwarded to His Honor the Mayor, the Chief 
Administrative Officer, and the Musical Association 
of San Francisco." 



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REPORT OF 
SCULPTURE 
I ITTEE: 



Same were unanimously passed. 

Commissioner './alter, Chairman of the Statuary, 
Sculpture, Painting and Mural Decorations Committee, 
then submitted the following report and recommendation: 



"January 24, 1933 

TO: Mr. Lewis P.Kobart, President 

Art Commission of the City and County 

of San Francis oo 
Crocker Building 
San ^nncisco, California 



SUBJECT: COIT FIREMEH MEMORIAL 

The Committee on Sculpture having met to insjsct the 
site - Washington Square - recommended by the Park 
Commission for the erection of the Coit Firemen 
Memorial, begs to report, in the absence of Mrs, 
Atherton, those present, Walter, Ronchi, Duncan and 
Knight, feel that the larger eastern grass plot 
facing Stockton Street would be the most adequate 
location* However, if in the minds of the Board 
of Park Commissioners and Mr. McLaren, end for 
practical reasons caused by the needs of the Municipal 
Band, we will leave the choice of location in 
YJashington Square in the hands of the Board of Park 
Commissioners. 

Very truly yours, 

EDGAR HALTER 



Chairman, Sculpture 
Committee, Art Commission" 



Cormissioner Hayden then introduced the following 
Resolution: 

" RESOLUTION MO. 23 

RESOLVED: That the Art Commission has hereby 
approved Vifashington Square as a suitable location 
for the Haig Pattigan Monument to be erected 
to the memory of the Volunteer Fire Department of 
San Francisco." 



Commissioner Chapin seconded, and same was 
unanimously adopted. 



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BUFFAHC STATUE Commissioner Walter then spoke of the Statue of 

CF ST.FRA.rSIS: 

St. Francis of Assisi, designed and modeled by Beniamo 

Buffano, and offered to the City of San Francisco 

through the offices of public spirited citizens headed 

by Mrs .Dorothy W. Erskine. 

Commissioner 'Yalta r pointed out that at the 
first meeting of the Sculpture Committee that having 
no photographs or sketches of the proposed statue 
a request was made that a model be delivered to the 
office of the Art Commission. 

Such request was graciously complied with. 
Mr. Glenn Vessels, instructor at the California 
School of Arts and Crafts, Berkeley, appeared at the 
next meeting of the Committee and stated that the 
Statue in Paris, which he had seen, differed from the 
modal submitted. 

Mr. Buffano then appeared before the Commission 
and stated there was a slight difference between the 
model and the original in the details of the face and 
the details of the folds. 

Commissioner Chapin moved that the matter be 
held in abeyance. 



DE ZORO STATUE Commissioner Walter then read the following 

OF ST.FRAKCIS: 

letter to Mrs .Jack Wilbur: 

"February 7,1933 

TO: Mrs .Jack Wilbur, 

Hotel Victoria, 
San Franc is co, Calif ornia 

SUBJ CT: STATUE OF ST.FRAICIS 

In reply to yours ol' January 21, 1933, re the statue 
of St. Francis by Ettore de Zoro dei Cappeller, the 
Committee on Sculpture will be glad to see at any 
time any sketches for said statue. Might I say, 
however, that it is not within the province of the 
Art Commission to start movements for the acquisition 
of particular works of art, and they can only pass 
with finality upon such works as are already offered 



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to th© City, and cannot allow its names 
to bo used as a means to rai se funds. 

An opinion, however, as to the merits of 
said model will be gladly given by the 
Committee* 

Very truly yours, 
EDGAR 7ALTER 



Chairmen, Sculpture Committee" 



INGTON Commissioner Vial tar then read the following 

STAID Et 

correopondence regarding the Washington Statue to be 

placed in the V/'ar Memorial. 



"February 9,1933 

TO: Mr. Ira Vi. Coburn, President 

Board of Education 
City and County of San Francisco 
City Hall 

SUBJECT: REMOVAL OF STATUE OF GEO"GE WASHINGTON 



It has been called to our attention, through a 
publication in the San Francisco News, February 9,1933, 
that a statue of George Washington, now located in the 
High School of Commerce, is to be removed to the V. r ar 
Memorial, and said replacement tobe marked by 
ceremonies to be held on March 10,1933. 

Might I draw to your attention that whereas the Art 
Commission has no control as to what is or is not to 
go into the '.Yar Memorial Buildings, there is a clause in 
the City Charter, Section 46, under "POWERS AND DUTIES OF 
THE ART COMMISSION 11 page 26, wherein it says "no existing 
work of art in the possession of the City and County 
shall be removed, relocated or altered in any way without 
the approval of the Commission, except as otherwise 
provided herein". 

Will ?;ou kindly look into this matter and inform the 
Committee of the D.A.R. of this legal aspect. 

The next regular meeting of the Art Commission is on 
Tuesday, February 14, 1933, 11 A.M. 

Very truly yours, 

EDGAR ViALTER, Chairman 
Sculpture Committee 
Art Commission" 



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"SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS 
CITY HALL 



February 11,1933 

Mr. Edgar ".".alter 

Chairman Sculpture Committee 

Art Commission 

City Hall 

San Francisco, California 

My dear Mr. "(/alter: 

Through the courtesy of Mr. Ira W. Cobura, Member 
of the Board of Education, I have before mo your 
communication of February 9 concerning the removal 
of a statue of George Was hington . 

Some years ago the Daughters of the American 
Revolution asked permission of the Board of 
Education to place temporarily a statue of George 
Washington in the High School of Commerce. The 
Board gave permission -with the understanding that the 
Statue would be removed by the Daughters of the 
American Revolution at some later date. 

The Board of Education has no «ntrol over the statue. 
The Board was interested to accommodate the Daughters 
of the American Revolution in providing the space for 
the statue and will not object to the removal of the 
statue at this time. 

If there are certain requirements placed upon the 
D.A.R. in the matter of the statue you, ofcourse, 
will advise the organization of these requirements. 

Very truly yours, 

J.M.Gwinn 
Superintendent of Schools." 

REPORT OF Commissioner Bakewell, Chairman of the Architectural 

THE COMMITTEE 

OF ARCHI TSCTURE: Committee, then read the following report. 

"According to the provi sions of the Charter 
of the Ci iy of San F-ancisco, the designs 
for the approaches to the new Bay Bridge, as well 
as of the elevated inclined causeways leading 
up to the level of the bridge floor, must be 
approved by the Art Commission of the City of 
Sar. Francisco, and whereas following the 
procedure adopted by the Art Commission, the 
study and recommendations upon which the action 
of the Commission will be based are delegated to 
an Architectural Committee consisting of three 
members of the Commission, George T/.Kelham 
(Architect), Edgar Walter (Sculptor), and John Bakewell, Jri 
(Architect), Chairman, regular members, and Lewis 
P.Hobart (Architect) ex-officio member as Chairman 
of the Commission, it is necessary for the members 
of this Committee to study and pass upon the designs. 



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Th« intent of the Charter is ion question ably that such 
important structures as the proposed bridge shall be of 
special merit from the asethetic standpoint and that the 
artistic design shall as much as possible be of the same 
high order of merit as the engineering designs. 

In order to achieve this result, it is necessary that 
the best obtainable architectural advice should be sought 
immediately and in order to avoid delay and to make 
advantageous use of the services of the Art Commission, 
it is highly advisable that the Committee on Architecture 
should be consulted in regard to the designs while these 
are still in a very preliminary stage, and if possible, 
that the ideas of this Committee be obtained before any 
designs are made. 

It is suggested that if the architectural committee 
of the Art Commission could in some way be called upon to 
act immediately as an organization under whose direction 
designs could be prepared that would be acceptable, much 
time and expense could be saved and the possibility of any 
controversy could be avoided. The members of this organ- 
ization would not receive remuneration for their services. 
They would be able to organize an office for the study and 
preparation of designs and could obtain the best architect- 
ural advice of Architects not members of the Commission for 
the least outlay. Also they would be competent to direct 
the work of the draughtsmen employed to carry out the designs, 
In case an Architect for the Bridge is to be appointed, they 
would be specially well qualified to advise as to the 
qualifications of those being considered, and as to the 
terms and conditions of employment in order that these 
may be most advantageous and most satisfactory." 

Commissioner Kelham moved that the matter be referred to 
the Committee in order to prepare a resolution covering same. 

Commissioner Bakewell then requested the Secretary to 
read the following comrurd cations from the Northern California 
Chapter of the American Institute of Architects* 



"NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER 
The Apsrican Institute of Architects 



February 9,1933 

Fine Arts Commission 
San ^rancisco, Calif • 

Gentlemen: 

On this day a letter was sent to the C^ifornia 
Toll Bridge Authority by the Northern California Chapter, 
The American Institute of Architects, and a copy thereof 
is enclosed for your consideration. 

The Chapter is exceedingly hopeful that you 
will assist it in this matter, through similar appeal. 

Yours very truly, 
JAMBS Hi MITCHELL 



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"NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER 
THER AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS" 
369 Pine Streettfan Francisco 

February 9,1933 

California Toll Bridge Authority- 
State Capitol 
Sacramento, Calif ornia. 

Dear Sirs: 

At a meetiaqg held in San Francisco January 31, 1931, the 
Northern California Chapter of The American Institute of 
Architects went on record by unanimous vote to the following 
effect: 

That it is imperatively necessary for the future 
interests of San Francisco, Oakland, the Metropolitan Area 
and the entire State of California for the new San Francisco 
Bay Bridge to have the benefit of competent architectural 
service in the study and carrying out of its design. Such 
service can only be rendered by an architect or architects 
of recognized ability and standing. 

In this connection, certar.n vital facts must be 
considered: 

1. That the California Toll Bridge Authrotiy, for the 
people of California, is proceeding to carry into actual 
construction the greatest bridge project ever attempted in 
the history of man; 

2. That this structure vdll not only affect the 
physical apparance of the finest harbor in the world, but 
will establish the first impression of the two major cities 
facing each other on the shores of San Francisco Bay; 

3. That the entire Metropolitan Area has by various 
acts and efforts of its citizens definitely gone on record 
for the development of beauty in its public works, both 
utilitarian and monumental j 

4. That the entire State of California has the 
greatest pride in the quality and design of its public 
edifices, as well as in its far-famed scenic and natural 
heritage. 

5. That New York City has by her farsighted policy 
permanently established her fame as the largest metropolis 
in the world today, and, in no small measure, by linking her 
metropolitan areas with great bridge structures. In every 
case, architects of recognized ability md standing collab- 
orated with -the engineers in charge to accomplish works of 
outstanding beauty, utility and magnitude. The magnificence 
of the V.illiamsburg, Hell Gate and, more recently, the Vi'ash- 
ington Bridge across the Hudson, has been and v.ill be asso- 
ciated for all time with the authoris of their architectural 
designs, Carrere and Hastings, Henry Hornbostel, and Cass 
Gilbert. 

Those in charge of the Golden Hate Bridge have showi 
their understanding of this priniple and precedent by en- 
gaging the able services of architects Morrow and Morrow to 
mould this gigantic structure into forms of beauty under the 
general direction of Chief Engineer Joseph B.stauss. 



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In -view of these facts, wo urge that the authorities 
who have responsible charge of this great project give their 
most earnest consideration to this important phase of the 
undertaking and give to the public at an early date assurance 
that the architectural design and appearance of the bridge 
will be adequately safeguarded. 

Respectfully submitted, 

NORTHER?.] CALIFORNIA CHAPTER 
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, 

(sgd.) James H. Mitchell, 
ecretary." 

The matter was referred tothe Committee of Architecture. 

PROPOSED SIGN The Chair requested the Secretary to read a copy of the 
ORDINANCE: 

proposed sign ordinance. 

"ORDINANCE 8962. (present ordinance) 

Class L. 

Temporary signs, advertisements or flags. 

These may be suspended over the sidewalk in 
front of buildings or premises upon holidays, election 
days and days of public parade or display, provided that 
such signs, advertisements or flags shall be placed arid 
secured as may be directed by the Board of Public Y,'orks, 
and be removed immediately following the day or days 
for which the permit is granted." 

Class L. REPEALED AM AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS: 

Temporary signs and decorations. These may 
be suspended over the sidewalks in front of buildings 
or premises upon holidays, election days and days of 
public parade by special permit issued by the Board of 
Public 'iVorks, and must be removed immediately following 
the day or days for which the permit is granted. Adver- 
tising pennants, flags, banners and art signs, may be 
suspended or anchored over the sidewalks affixed on the 
marquee of any building, and may be changed with respect 
to shape, color or language from time to time, provided, 
however, that such advertising pennants, flags, banners 
or art signs so suspended or affixed, shall leave a 
clearance from the lower end thereof, to the sidewalks 
of at least ten feet. Such advertising pennants, flags, 
banners and art signs shall be placed and secured as may 
be directed by the Board of Public V. r orks from which 
Department a permit must be obtained." 

Commissioner Chapin made a resolution that the 
Commissi, on oppose such ordinance. It was seconded by Commissioner 
Ha yd en, and unanimously adopted. 



FULTON 
STREET: 



Commissioner Knight requested that his report 
of the Fulton Street project be carried over until 
the next meeting. 



MEETING 
ADJOURNED: 



There being no further busi ness before the 
Board, the meeting adjourned sine die at 12:55 noon. 




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San Francisco, California. 
April 11,1933. 



41 



REGULAR 

MEETING: 



The rsgular meeting of the Art Commission of 
the City and County of San Francisco v;as held on 
Tuesday, April 11, 1933, at 11 A.I.:. Room 228, City 
Hall, San Francisco. 



President Lewis P. Hobart presided in the Chair • 



There were present: 



Mr. Lev/is P. Hobart 
Mrs, Gertrude Atherton 
Mr. John Balcewell, Jr. 
Mr. Albert Greenbaum 
Mr. J.Emmet Hayden 
Mr. Emerson Knight 
Mr. Cttorino Ronchi 
Mr. Edgar Walter 



ABSENT: 



Hon. Mayor Angelo J. Rossi 

Mr. Herbert Fleishhacker 

Mr. W.W.Chapin 

Mr. George TT. Kelham 

Mr. Charles Stafford Duncan 



MINUTES 
ADOPTED: 



The minutes of the previous meeting of 
February 14, 1933, copy of which was sent to all 
Commissioners, were duly adopted as the minutes of 
the Regular Meeting of February 14, 1933. 



REPORT OF 
CHAIRMAN OF 
LANDSCAPE 
OOMMITTEE: 



Commissioner Knight, Chairman of the Landscape 
Architectural Committee, submitted the following report: 



"PLANTING ENVIRONMENT FOR WAR IIMORIAL 
GROUP AND COURT. 

Half a year has passed since our Opera House has had 
its auspicious opening and it seems lamentable and 
deplorable that both War Memorial Buildings and the 
Court are still naked, ungraced by any complement 
or foil of planting. Feeling with the public, 
sensitive to this condition, and being naturally 
concerned over the matter as the landscape 
architect member of your Commission, I have sought 
to learn the cause of the delay. It seems that the 



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Board of Trustees of the San Francisco War 
Memorial now has no funds for this planting 
purpose and the nurseries of the Board of Park 
Commissioners have depleted their stock of plant 
materials of mature nature worthy to adorn these 
edifices. Yet, through conversations held with 
Mr. John McLaren, the writer found that he eagerly 
invites a good planting plan and is ready to carry 
out the picture. Our City Charter does not clearly 
specify that planting designs for public buildings 
and grounds shall be submitted to us for our 
approval, yet the spirit of the Charter conveys 
this intent. I feel v/e should encourage and invite 
tha submission of such planting plans to us* 

I now move that a letter be sent to the Board of 
Trustees of the San Francisco Vfar Memorial, expressing 
the Art Commission's interest in the appearance of 
their grounds, and also urging them to request for 
their budget in the coming fiscal year the 
appropriation of funds sufficient to develop 
suitable plantations prior to the opening of the 
opera season this fall of 1933. Further, that we 
recall the admirable City Parks, and grounds of the 
Panama -Pacific Exposition as unfolded by Mr .McLaren 
and therefore we anticipate keenly the plant impression 
of color, grace and vigor that we will create in 
uniting these two splendid structures into one 
well knit and blended whole. 

Respectfully submitted, 

SOU KNIGHT, Chairman, 
Landscape Architectural Committee, 
Art Commission of the City and 
County of San Francisco," 



Commissioner Walter moved the report be adopted, which 
was seconded by Commissioner Greenbaum. 

Commissioner Knight then submitted the following report: 

"THE FULTON BOULEVARD, as approved by the Art 
Commission of the City and County of San 
Francisco is here first presented more 
graphically, both in plan and perspective, 
as prepared by the writer. Another perspective 
of the avenue as it might appear looking 
eastward from Scott Street toward the City 
Hall and its dome is now under way. It is 
clear the time for urging a realization of 
this project through condemnation proceedings, 
bond issues or any other method, is not ripe. 
Yet considerable interest in it has been 
awakened from many sources and continues to 
develop. As a member of your City Planning 
and Landscape Architectural Committees I 
feel that the Art Commission might take a 
significant part in crystalizing public 



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opinion favorable to the ultimate achievement 
of this park-like thoroughfare, which is needed 
asmuch to provide for a heavy flow of east and 
west traffic as it is for a fire break and for 
civic beauty. Pending completion of the working 
plans fixing boulevard property lines, permits 
for permanent structures on existing property lines 
should be delayed or withheld. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EMERSOH KNIGHT, Chairman, 
Landscape Architectural Committee, 
Art Commission of the City and 
County of San Francisco." 



The Chairman then appointed a special committee, 
consisting of Emerson Knight, Chairman, Bakewell, Hayden 
and Chapin, for the purpose of studying and carrying out 
the Pulton Street Project and the Beautification of the 
Civic Center. 

ORPHEUM The following letter from the Orpheum Theatre V/all 

THEATRE 

Committee, addressed to Mr. Laurance I. Scott, President, 

San Francisco Federation of Arts, was read by the 

Secretary: 

"San Francisco, 
March 3, 1933. 

Mr. Laurance I. Scott, President, 
San Francisco Federation of Arts; 

Dear Sir: 

Although your Orpheum Theatre Wall Committee was 
asked to study only the situation regarding the 
stage wall of the old Pantages, now Orpheum 
Theatre facing on the Civic Center, this is in reality 
bound up with the entire matter of the Fulton Street 
approach to the Civic Center. 

The Committee obtained the facts regarding this 
problem from Mr. Sawyer, City Architect. The subject 
is complicated, and a complete statement would run 
to considerable length. For the purposes of this 
report it can be briefly sumnarized as follows. 

T he eastern end of the Civic Center is a rearrange- 
ment of the streets and the property upon which 
stood the City Hall and the Hall of Records before 
the fire of 1906. In this rearrangement the pro- 
longation of Fulton Street from Hyde Street east to 
Market Street was laid out as an open space, but 
not originally dedicated as a street. The intention 



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was that the buildings fronting on Market Street 
would be faced on the rear (the present Fulton 
Street alignment) by an architectural facade, to 
be built by the City, carrying the architectural 
treatment of the Civic Center proper into the neck 
approaching from Market Street. V/hen Pantages 
Theatre was built, an agreement was entered into 
between the City and the owners that, when called 
upon by the City, the owners would face the 7/est 
or Hyde Street wall of the theatre with granite in 
conformity with the Civic Center design. The concrete 
wall was actually set back ten inches from the property 
line with this end in view, and it was proposed that 
$40,000.00 he deposited in escrow until needed for 
this construction. The north (now Pulton Street) 
wall of the theatre was to have become an interior 
wall, masked by the above-mentioned decorative 
facade contemplated by the City for the entire 
distance between Hyde and Market Streets. 

Subsequently property owners in the triangle between 
Market, Fulton and Hyde Streets claimed that they 
possessed a frontage on Fulton Street, which the 
City was powerless to block with the proposed 
Architectural facade. This contention was sustained 
in court. 

Fulton Street between Hyde and Market Streets has 
since been dedicated as a public street, with a 
width of 160 feet between property lines, symmetrical 
on the axis of the City Hall. 

The north wall of the Orpheum Theatre is now at the 
property line on the south side of Fulton Street. On 
the opposite side the property has been ceded to the 
United States Government and the new Federal Building 
is there under construction. 

The status of the theatre Trails in question is at 
present as follows - 

1 - Nobody seems to know anything about the $40,000.00 
which was to have been deposited in escrow for future 
granite facing on the Hyde Street walla The building 
has changed ownership in the meantime, the present 
owners are probably not in a position to make such 

an expenditure, and it is highly improbable that the 
original agreement could now be enforced. 

2 - Even if this agreement were enforcable, it would 
not now solve the problem. It applied only to the 
west or Hyde Street wall of the building; but, as 

is apparent from the foregoing brief historical outline, 
the north or Fulton Street wall now stands equally 
exposed on a street frontage. 

Mr. Sawyer advocated narrowing the street by 
25 feet on each side. On the north side the Federal 
Building was to have been moved south by this amount, 
and on the south side the City was to have built, 
between the present buildings and the new street 
line, a narrow structure for its own uses or for 



40 



lease, the facade of which would have conformed 
to that of the Federal Building opposite. This 
action was also blocked by Fulton Street property 
owners. 

After carefully considering the present situation 
in both its legal and its architectural aspects, 
your Cor.ira.ttee begs to present the following 
recommendations • 

1 - YJhile fully appreciating Mr. Sawyer's sincerity 
and devotion to the City's interests, the Committee 
feels that Fulton Street, if reduced to 110 feet 
between property lines as proposed, would be inadequate 
as an avenue of approach to the Civic Center. The 
present width of 160 feet is none too much. 

2 - Fnile reduction of distance between building 
lines would unduly narrow the street, reduction of 
the effective open vista by trees would not produce 
this constricting effect. T/e feel that the problem 
is essentially one of landscape treatment. Such 
treatment should be highly formal in character, and, 
in general outline, should present double rows of 
trees on each side of Fulton Street between Hyde and 
Market Streets, and a single row on each side of Hyde 
Street between Fulton and Grove Streets. The trees 
should be of a variety that attains a considerable 
height. 

3 - As the Orpheum Theatre walls would still rise 
materially above any trees which might be used, their 
interest should be enhanced in some manner. Two 
reasonable possibilities present themselves: 

(a) Sgraffito design in low tones would be 
admirably adapted to this situation. Although much 
cheaper than granite facing, this would still require 
a certain expenditure. 

(b) Creeping vines would give interesting texture, 
and at practically no expense whatsoever. 

4 - Any planting undertaken should be entrusted to a 
competent landscape architect with experience in formal 
design. Any application to the Trails of stone, 
sgraffito or other design should be entrusted to an 
architect, 

5 - Pending a solution of this problem, no change 
whatsoever should be made in the present sidewalks on 
Fulton Street, as this might create a precedent which 
would hamper designers engaged on the work in the future« 

Very truly yours, 

ORPHSUM THEATRE MLL COMMITTEE, 
(Signed) IH7IHG F. MORROW 

Chairman 
O.F.ASHLEY 
EMERSON OUGHT 
MRS. CHAS. E. CURRY 
BB.A.L.BJLTTHACHE" 

The Chair referred the matter to the newly appointed 

Committee for further consideration. 



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REPORT OF 
STATUARY AND 
SCULPTURE 

COMMITTEE: 



Commissioner Walter, Chairman of the 
Statuary, Sculpture, Painting and Mural Decorations 
Committee, submitted the following report on the 
proposed Statue of St. Francis of Assisi by Ettore de 
Zoro dei Cappeller. 



"March 2, 1933 

TO: Mr. Lewis P. Hobart, Chairman, 
San Francisco Art Commission, 
Crocker Building, San Francisco 

SUBJECT: STATUE OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI BY ETTORE DE 
ZORO DEI CAPPELLER 

The Committee on Statuary, Sculpture, Painting and 
Mural Decorations, held Thursday, March 2, 1933j present, 
Edgar Walter, Chairman, Emerson Knight, Charles Stafford 
Duncan, and Ottorino Ronchij absent, Mrs. Gertrude 
Atherton; feels that the sketch, model and drawing by 
Ettore de Zoro dei Cappeller submitted by Mrs. Jac-: 
Wilbur for a Statue of St. Francis of Assisi, are not 
acceptable as a project for aesthetic reasons. The 
Committee make no recommendations for further study 
in the matter. 

Very truly yours, 

EDGAR ".".'ALTER, Chairman 
Sculpture Committee" 



The report was unanimously adopted by the 
Commission. 

Commissioner Walter then submitted the following 
report on the monument of John Frederick Morse, 

"REPORT OF SCULPTURE COMMITTEE. 

The Committee on Sculpture - those present, 
Mr. Ottorino Ronchi, Mrs. Gertrude Atherton, Emerson 
Knight and Edgar Yfalter, have viewed the photograph 
of the statue of J.F. Morse, suggested for replacement 
in a public place by the Park Commission, to be ratified 
by the Board of Park Commissioners, and feel - taking 
into consideration whatever historical qualities Mr. 
Morse had - the statue is inadequate from an artistic 
standpoint. 

EDGAR WALTER, Chairman 
Sculpture Committee" 



The report v/as unanimously adopted by the 
Commission, 



f i > 
Do 



REPORT OF 

MUSIC 

COMMITTEE: 



REPORT OF 

ARCHITECTURAL 

COMMITTEE: 



Conmissioner Hayden then requested the Secretary 
to read a letter from the President of the Young 
People's Symphony Concerts, Inc. for a request of $1500. 

Commissioner Hayden explained that the Music 
Committee was extremely sympathetic with the purposes 
of the said organization, but regretted that the 
amounts appropriated to the many phases of City music 
for the coming year are inadequate for the needs. 

The Secretary was instructed to advise the 
President of the Young People's Symphony Concerts to 
that effect. 

Commissioner Bakewell, Chairman of the 
Architectural Committee, then submitted the following 
resolution. 



RESOLUTION Ho. 24 

RESOLVED: That the Art Commission of the City 
and County of San Francisco hereby approves the 
plans submitted by Architects Bliss and Fairweather 
for a Shelter for Domino, Chess, and Checker players 
to be erected by Mrs. D.Ghirardelli in Golden Gate 
Park." 

The Resolution vras unanimously adopted by the 

Commission. 



Commissioner Bakewell then requested the Secretary 

to read the following report on the San Frar.cisco-East 

Bay Bridge: 

"REPORT OF THE ARCHITECTURAL COMMITTEE 

OF THE ART COMMISSION OF THE CITY AND 

COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO. 

The principle activity of your Committee 
has consisted in negotiations wi th the State 
Authorities in regard to the securing of 
Architectural services in connection with the 
San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. At the last 
meeting of the Art Commission a suggested 
outline of proceedure was submitted by the 
Chairman of the Committee of Architecture, but 



55 



due to the objections raised by one of the members 
of the Committee, these suggestions were withdrawn. 
After further consideration of the matter by your 
Committee it was decided to recommend to the State 
Authorities that two Architects be appointed. At a 
conference wi th Mr. Earl Lee Kelly, Director of 
Public Works, and Mr. Purcell, Engineer in charge of 
Bay Bridge, this recommendation was adopted although 
the number of Architects to be appointed was changed 
from tivo to three. The Committee on Architecture was 
asked to present a list of names from which the 
selections would be made and when the Committee de- 
clined for various reasons to take the responsibility 
of doing this, the San Francisco Chapter of the American 
Institute of Architects was invited to act in conference 
with the Committee in making the nominations and from 
the list submitted the following Architects were 
appointed: 

Mr. Timothy Pflueger (of Killer & Pflueger) and Mr. 
Arthur Brown, Jr. of San Francisco, and Mr. John 
Donovan of Oakland. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JCHIJ BAKEVJELL, Jr. Chairman 

ARCHITECTURAL C0I2HTTEE" 



REPORT OK 
MARQUISES; 



The Secretary read the following resolution 
received from the San Francisco Federation of Arts concerning 



marquises. 

"WHEREAS" it is to the best interests of the City 
and County of San Francisco that marquises be 
erected only in cases of evident necessity and 
then of a standard design acceptable to the Art 
Commission of San Francisco, and 

YJHEREAS" it is a deplorable situation that at 
present marquises are erected partically and often 
wholly for purposes of advertising, therefore be i 

"RESOLVED by the Council of the San Francisco 
Federation of Arts in its annual meeting assembled 
that it is highly desirable that an ordinance 
be adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the 
City and County of San Francisco that marquises 
should be permitted only in cases of public 
necessity and then by permission of and subject 
to the approval of the Art Commission as to design 
and be it further 

"RESOLVED that no advertising be permitted on 
marquises" ♦ 

The matter was referred to the Street Structure 

Committee with the request that a report be made at the 

next meeting of the Commission. 



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Commissioner Walter then pointed out that a banner 
had been extended across the street in front of the Lido Cafe, 
"which is a violation of the law, and instructed the Secretary 
to request the Chief of Police to have such sign removed. 

Commissioner Knight then suggested that a letter 
should be sent to the Honorable Board of Trustees of the War 
Memorial concerning new planting environment for the War 
Memorial group and courts. 

Such request met with the full approval of the 
Commission, and the Secretary was instructed to communicate 
with the Honorable Board of Trustees of the War Memorial to 
that effect. 



LIGHTING 
STAKDA.lDSi 



The Chair then pointed out that a number of lighting 
standards were now being placed on Pacific Avenue, and 
requested the Secretary to communicate with the General 
Manager of the Pacific Gas & Electric Company asking them 
if these standards were contracted for under the old charter, 
and if not, why the design had not been submitted to the Art 
Commission for their approval or disapproval. 



MEETING 
ADJOURNED: 



There being no further business before the Board, 
the meeting adjourned sine die at 12:55 noon. 




San Francisco, California. 
- 33. 



REGUIAR 

MEETING: 



- .- regular meeting of the Art Commissi^. 
the City and County of San Francisco was held on 
, June 13, 13 33, at 11 A.M. Room 228, City 
. -j I •ancisco. 



President Lev/is P. Hobart presided in the Chair, 

There v/ere prese. 

is P. Hobart 
11-5, Gertrude Atherton 

• ' ■ y • 

'. Emersor. 
. Ottorino Ronchi 
. E . Iter 
. Charles Stafford Duncan 

■ ... . . ante 



[ 



Hon.Mayor Angelo J. 
Mr .Herbert Fleishhacker 
..." 

id S. Cutler 
jenbaum 
. J.Emmet Hayden 



MINUTES 
ADOPTED: 



The minutes of tho previous meeting of April 11, 
1033, copy oi .3 sent to all Commissioners, were 
duly adopted as the minutes of the Regular Meeting of 
11,1933. 



REPORT OF 
EXECUTIVE 
COMMITTEE: 



President Lewis P. Hobart, as Chairman of the 
Executive Committee, then presented the members with 
copies of the following appropriations for the Art 
Commission for the Fiscal Year July 1933 - July 19^4. 



Gl 



m dg it of ■ r ' — r---"^- 1 

July 1953-54 



... rKIST ] 


- of 
70 es 


■ b 

■ 


Amount 
Appropriated 
ayor 

1032-33 


ount Amount 




Requested by Approp. 
Art C ommi 3 s i on 
1933-34 


Salaries, Permanent 










Secretary 
Stono-C_ 


1 
1 


$250 
75 


000 

900 


jOO $2625 

900 . ■ 


TOTAL 






$3900 


.00 $3:. 


Contractual Services 






$1000 


$1500 $ 750 



•-7-—-- - ■■;-;-; 77:7 

OF AM / "SIC 



Municipal Band 
Municipal Pop Concert 
P.ent " " " 
LIunicipal Chorus Director 

icipal Chorus Expense 

Lc Vfeek 
Christmas Eve Celebration 



Appro .-#41 


$20,000 


,500 


$15,000 


42 


5,500 


7,500 


6,500 


43 


1,500 


1,200 


1,000 


14 


4,000 


4,000 


, 


45 


400 


800 


800 


45 


2,000 








1 47 


500 


, 


500 




,300 


-,900 


,075 



Commissioner Duncan pointed out the fact that practically 
ail of the expenditures of the Commission were for music. 
was of the opinion that when t time is propitious 
Commission should request a substantial sum for the promotion 
and development of art. 

After considerable discussion the Commission agreed that 
future budgets for the Art Commission should include substantial 
funds for noement of art under the direction of the 
Commission* 



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FULTON 
BOULEVARD 

COMMITTEE 
REPORT: 



Commissioner Knight, Chairman of the Fulton Boulevard 
set, then submitted the following report: 

■' ^-1- 1,1935 . 

Statement by Emerson Knight urging Fulton - rd as 
one of the first steps in realizing a llaster Plan for 
the City read and approved, and to be included in the 
minutes of meeting, ] , L933« 



San Francisco is in dire need cf early development of 

. \STEK PLAM by our CITT PI 
provided for in our new Charter, Section 116, "Powers 
and Duties" of that body. The plan fcr Fulton Boulevard 
as prepared by and reported upon 
as one of the first steps toward the realization of the 

3r Plan, rhis ". oulovard will serve " ed 

traffic and e for broad civic beauty. TThen 

laved only in part, sta "ta .. the ride mall west- 
ward from Ouj -.1 it will form such a clear 
object lession in city planning that ou:- citiz will, 
we believe, first demand completion of this project 
creating an unbroken parklike thoroughfare form our 
Civic Center via Fulton, the L extension, Pan 
Handle and Park, to the ocean. They will also de- 
similar parked arteries formin- a comprehensive sys 
for our entire city. - . a evince our man of 
business, finance, industries and shipping that this 
Master Plan will be the most economical in the long run. 
Our present growtl L ansive, wasteful and chaotic 
and must be replaced " ^j.r prograi 
Plan. 

, the Fulton Boulevard Committee have a responsibility 
as I feel it far beyond that of merely functioning 
fulfilling our du he Art Commission. Since i 

•ehend the inherent meaning, the principles and tr 
ourselves unite towards its fruition, but we should freely 
spread its practi 1 its ~__-les of 

. _ ' u% o people. Just as roon - -ito 

our spark of interest P to Boulevard unit of our 

- :• Plan, the idea will rry like a tc \ : to 
enlighten and sti jen response amo;. 
cans. The n we shall 
we c bheir confidence and support in all 

jler objectives tl 11 1 the 
serious work of our Art Commission for 

The personnel of this Commit 1 - 1 by Pi _^jnt 
Hobart inspires m« wit! faith in the large 
can achieve, because t ...bued with civic 

loyalty have peiEtraf- rision, "ine 

capacit f i , 



65 



report of 

orpheu:: 

THEATRE 
HULL 

COL11ITTEE: 



then 1 thai ner, 

body, S'. , Charles G. 

Lundgren, Architect, for his perspectii 
Pro, 

Conmis: .. jport 01 

' all: 



ble for some 
fci a tc , .. --pose of Sgraffito design tre 

. id in Recommc. 

je*s report of t -co 

Federal ral 

tre .';o considera"! . " 

Therefo , . 11 and secc. - 

. '.. pin, th aclsco si 

loy a cc. . - • 

pi Lde 11 co\ -..-. 

Lis Df tl : ■- C "yde and Ful^ , 

3C E*c shade tree and any other suitable pi 
ltoi "- 1 " , 
and Hyde Strei , Hyde Street : :ove 

Streets; :uc- p] _ .3 not to exceed 

i Hundre-r Lollar 3 -led 

he urged to supervise 
plantir. ; ' ntenance. (; 

ble 



Commissions 

bhe C 
for the comij be 

advisable to pay an e bd :'s fee o ... app jj ...~ion, 

be abso, b .on»s 

app:. -.3, 

of the Orp] -ends of t 

Prec:' jxft of the ion 

3 
at their next 

Suci. - the full approval . * 

i on. 



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PLANTING OF 
T&R MEMORIAL 
GROUNDS : 



The Secretar; . ?roza 

» Se . _ 

' . co: 



T - 

I 

.\ - 

• > »t , 

San Francisco Art Commission* , 

co. 

Sir: 

Further ? ic le to the 

boautificatic- mori 

has 

f c o s t s , tsu t i J fcir e 

;her 

couno-. 

. 

lesirabili 
of oomplatini .be 

, but fee] , completed, 

be u. rea 1 Ida . Civic C« 

b careful! . 

" 30". 



PROPERTY IN 
VICINITY OF 
FINE A3TS 
PAIACE: 



13C0 

surroundd 



Hotel 

San ^rancis co 



^o, 

' SCO. 

. . li 
i purcht. ' i ' 
. 
of the Palace of Fine 



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If ■". ' ite 

buildj 

.- ' 

^dividual?, lost. 

- s a 

tc ' .istrator, Mr. .'..J. 

Clea 

.- cooper 
.Ms pro J 3 1 -' 

also. 

Sine • , 



t - , 
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anted th 

Rescl - Coi i< fait , 

unanj . . 

" RESOLUTION No. 25 

iS, *d of I of 

J-iinaediato action "'. 
pu: ■■" of S F -ancisco of 

property to the north - the 

been a ibed and, spent 

estoring '- ine Arts, bu 

surround!..; - at _ 'esent jtmed * \ i 
.. :ale in small lo J " , 

22 ity 

bily endorses the 
j act of the Garden Club fc L i n of 

possible sale of the 
property in tl Lcinit; 

sir . L qua] bi 

TOT ESOLV £ this 

lution 1 f -ded to His Honor, bl , 

Lstrative 
Office ', the Par Lssion, th 

, th Uarde Club, and the Pro 



CIVIC CENTER Commissioner Bakewell, Chai Ltecturai 

FOUNTAINS t 

r »port on the 

Ci. 3 . intai ns. 

"June 12,1933 

•t to 
question of tl 3i . Founl adns, 

Fountai .istructed 

ing the Panai sif: 

5 ted i s t af f , de s3 



I 

1 
req^ of 

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heir 

next 



TRA1SBKY 
BRIDGE: 



-dssioner Bake 1 that 1 >een 

app • ' - as apresentati 

.- bhe Transbay 
. ~~e was of ' nion that th< 

- ■ ' to the J! 

let contr 

. He 
stai »d would lit icts en 

y, June 14, I that bter 

bher report. 



MARQUISES: 



hen submitted j solution: 

"RESOLUTION NO. 26 



• -- 



iterests of t] 
and County of ...cisco th fc guises be 

erec 1 : 1 on! in cases of • i and 

"o to the 
Commission of San Fr-..ncisco, and 

situation 

erected practically and 
often wholly for purpc . bising, therefore 

be it 

EI 
Coun' o in ito 

as so... ] _ b an 

ordinance be adopt 'oard of Supervisors 

ity and County of Ss 

- 1 3 necessit 
Lssion of J set to the approval 

lesi n, and th t no 



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- 

- Duld be 

Town Association! 

'.Id 
fa~or such, an orda 
. . - 

> - red. 

.. appointed Conraissic. ., 

ooramitt" " -pose 

o? ir i uh ice. 



CONTRACT OF 
DR. HANS 
LESCHIIE : 



i 

ar into i . Leschkej 

Director - ',000 

per ; jar, a] in s 

•, 

"RESOLUTION No. 27 

"Ci: v ' - 

th Preside Df th ion 

to enter into contr:. Dr. 

■eriod of or perf services as 

orus Dire unty 

it ordai. 

•ized 
to enter into 

_;ipai Che r 
col bic f . . ', from i .., _" 55, to 

i - , , -j ble in 

Sectio. • I ' declare 

to be rendered 1 I Dr. s of a 

1 skill, 

. 

su" ject Lsi lection ." 



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- . .oner 

unanimously appro-. '. 

MUNICIPAL " - 

P OP CONCERTS: 

Loipal Po - '-in 

•obability 
the lar -.Id 



OBJETS D'ARTS Chair 

PAFATA-PACIFIC 

INTERNATIONAL bhe [ 

EXPOSE TI ait 

-. 

■ 

I 30. 

n " , 

10,1 
The Hor.u - ' 
of the City an jo, 

_if« 

ien: •''_.. " , ~. , ' , I . , ' 

c - 

recipient, a .. • go, 1 the objets d'arts 

-Pacific I - nal 

Exposition. These consist , for t] b, of 

Is odd approxi 1 200 origi ] -^er 
sta' j lels« 

- originally received, the listed - 

1 10* X 21', les Eollc 

1 — - seiii-circle 10* ~. 21*, V Childe Hassan 

2 — 14 « ;: _ »] 

E _.._ - -; 13«] ; M.H.I oft 

2 — 12* X 96*, \ " illi ~ . D'L. Dodge 

2 12* X 

1 io « X 21*, b; 

C — 10* X 6*. X 24* panels, 1 

8 — irr .anels in the dom 

■ Arts Pa] ' " . 

construction of the 

used for the beutifi cation c_ 
" ' ' - . - " " Is 

re so ha- 3 .' ' . '-.. If -om 

thk, Fi Pa] , though I an not positive* 

One or two of 4 -.. bhers have been us. ious 

ildings, but most of them are at present crated 
.ge in . The plaster models 

•e practioally all in the store-roons in th -'Ion 

KLtori . sire still crated. 



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bis tees feels t] fitting 

public use 

, if Lth the apj 

your Hone strd, the 

co. Undo 
"' ! \ iels are too badl 
• This may also prove the case .of 
irals. .als 

not now i s % *e at presen' 

.'- to our cit: i : her are 

becoming less valuab] Lr stor 

I . :*oper attend 

For the information of your Honorable 

*e is enclosed one of the official bookletsof 
Mi ale of the Ps -..--" ific 
Inter _ 

invest! ' ned and make recc. - 

rd, reof vd.ll 

appreciate it, £ you we desire to cooperate 

bhat fitti For this 

art work. 

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REPORT OF Commissioner Bakewell sumitted 

ARCHITECTURAL 

COMMITTEE: res ■" 

nRESOUTTIOB NO. 28 

■' " :reA , tl Jhairman of the City Planning 

ion has bers of the 

Art Commission tc ct their work on 
the general plans of street improvene 
extensions that have been drawn up by their 
engineer under t] rection, 

[ED: That _ -man of this 
Commissicn arrange a - 

3ity Planning Co:". Lssi these 

plans nay be inspected." 



Commissioner l's reaolutic led 1 

2 . ^lissioner Atherton, and unanimously approved. 

APPOINTMENT The Chair then announced ' ... -.nte 

OF COMMISSIONER 

MUSANTE: had been i His Honor the Mayor to the Art 

Comsod Francisco f bh term of five years. 



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On behalf of 't Coite&s:: "ied 

ratulations and expressec 1 
pleasure in ha-v^ . . Musente as a 

1 ir and 

Lvilege 1 

DE.V&LTER The Chair then introduced Dr. Walter Heil, 

HEIL 

PRESENTED the 1; ppoir.ted Director of :gion 

TO THE 

C0LS.1ESSI0N; of Honor, and "bade him vrelcome. 

Dr. he Chair* 3 

re k , nd stated that it would he a pleasure for 

fc C Ls si on in 
possih] . 



MEETING 
ADJ QUEUED: 



There being no further business before the 
Board, the meeting adjourned sine die e .^oon. 




San Francisco, California. 
September 12,1933. 



Si 



REGULAR 
MEETING: 



The regular meeting of the Art Commission of 
the City and County of San Francisco was held on 
Tuesday, September 12, 1933, at 11 A.M. Room 228, 
City Hall, San Francisco. 



President Lewis P. Eobart presided in the Chair, 



There were present: 



ABSENT: 



Mr. Lewis P. Hobart 

Mrs. Gertrude Atherton 

Mr. Emerson Knight 

Mrs.A.S .Musante 

Mr. W.W.Chapin 

Mr. John Bakewell, Jr. 

Mr. Herbert Fleishhacker 

Mr. Ottorino Ronchi 

Mr. Albert Greenbaum 

Mr. J .Emmet Hayden 

Mr. Charles Stafford Duncan 

Mr. Edgar Walter 

Hon. Mayor Angelo J. Rossi 
Mr. Leland S. Cutler 



MINUTES 
ADOPTED: 



The minutes of the previous meeting of June 13, 
1933, copy of which was sent to all Commissioners, were 
duly adopted as the minutes of the Regular Meeting of 
June 13,1933. 



REPORT OF 
SECRETARY: 



Secretary Dyer then presented the following 



reports : 



"WAR MEMORIAL GROUNDS 

On April 20,1933, the Art Commission wrote to 
the Honorable Board of Governors of the War 
Memorial concerning the grounds of the War 
Memorial Buildings, and requested that suitable 
landscape treatment be planted prior to the 
opening of the Opera Season this fall. 

I am pleased to report that the first unit of the 
plans for the beautification of the grounds, as 
outlined by the Board of Governors (namely planting 
of the lawn in the Court) has been planted. 

JOSEPH H. DYER, JR. 

Secretary, Art Commission 1 ' 



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" FOUNTAINS IN CIVIC CENTER 

Follov/ing the recommendations of the Chairman of 
the Architectural Committee, and approved by the 
Commission at the last meeting, June 13, 1933, 
regarding certain changes to be made in the 
fountains in the Civic Center, namely, that the 
basins be removed and the pools left in place, 
and that a suitable single jet be installed, I am 
pleased to report that such alterations are now 
being carried out under the direction of the Park 
C oralis si on. 

JOSEPH H. DYER, JR. 

Secretary, Art Commission" 



"ORPKEUI.! THEATRE YALL. 

Since the Art Commission came into existence, the 
subject of suitable architectural treatment of the 
blank wall of the Orpheum Theatre facing the Civic 
Center, has been a constant source of concern to 
the Commission as a whole. Suggestions and recommendations 
have been made by a specially appointed Committee, but 
have not been executed or carried out due to the lack 
of funds for the project. 

Conferring with the City Attorney as to the proper 
department which would be entitled to request 
appropriations for such work, I was informed by the 
City Attorney that it would be illegal to appropriate 
or spend City Funds for the improvement, beautification 
or adornment of private structures. 

JOSEPH H. DYER, JR. 

Secretary, Art Commission" 



REPORT OF Commissioner Bakewell, Chairman of the Architectural 

CHAIRMAN 

OF ARCHI- Committee, then submitted the following report regarding 

TECTURAL 

COIJ.IITTEE; the San Francisco approach of the San Francisco - Oakland 



Bay Bridge. 



"REPORT CF COMMITTEE ON ARCHITECTURE OF 
SEPTEMBER 12,1933, in REGARD TO THE SAN 
FRANCISCO APPROACH TO THE SAN FRANCISCO- 
OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE. 

Your Committee has been studying the problem of the 
Bay Bridge Approach on the San Francisco side. An 
elevated drive runs from Fifth Street to Rincon 
Hill gradually rising from the Fifth Street level 
to a position somewhat above the level of the top of 
Rincon Hill. This structure is 58 feet wide and of 
monumental proportions. 



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narrow 35 foot alleyway on one side, while on the 
other it comes within a few feet of the rear of 
the "buildings on the adjoining property. 

We believe this to be an entirely inadequate 
setting for this great approach, and as the blocks 
along which it runs are very narrow, being only 145 
feet from the line of Perry Street to that of Silver 
Street, we believe that a strip running the entire 
width of these blocks should be acquired and the 
elevated approach placed along the middle of this strip. 
This would give a street on each side about 82-1/2 feet 
wide which would not only form an adequate setting for the 
great structure but would also isolate it from adjacent 
buildings so that the traffic would not be interfered with 
in case of fire and would facilitate the traffic problem 
in the congested districts through which the approach 
passes. 

Your Committee has had a number of conferences vtith 
the various City Officials in regard to this matter, 
these conferences being called through the good offices 
of Mr. Herbert Fleishhacker, a member of the Commission. 
At these conferences the Liayor, the President of the Board 
of Works, the Chairman of the City Planning Commission 
and other officials representing the City while Mr. Lee 
Kelly head of the State Board of Public Works, Mr. Purcell, 
Chief Engineer and Messrs. Woodruff, Andrews and other 
engineering designers represented the State. 

All are agreed that this is an essential improvement 
and at present the City officials are trying to work 
out ways and means for acquiring the additional strip 
of land." 



Commissioner Bakewell informed the Commission that 
there had been a number of conferences on this subject with 
his Committee and City and State Officials and that they 
had called at the office of Timothy Pflueger, Consulting 
Architect, where a model was exhibited. Everyone present 
was of the opinion that additional property should be acquired 
so that the approach would be in the center of the block. At 
this meeting His Honor the Mayor requested that the City and 
State Officials and the Members of the City Planning and 
Art Commission consider ways and means of making such an 
approach possible. 

In view of this Commissioner Bakewell submitted the 
following resolution: 



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"RESOLUTION HO. 29. 

YiHEREAS, the Architectural Committee of 
the Art Commission has made certain 
recommendations to the Commission regarding 
the problem of the San Francisco-Oakland Transbay 
Bridge approach on the San Francisco side, 

BE IT RESOLVED: That at its regular meeting held 
in the City Hall on September 12, 1933, the Art 
Commission of the City and County of San Francisco 
recommends the continuing of Perry Street and Silver 
Street to Fifth Street, the acquiring of the land 
between these two streets, and the location of the 
main bridge approach in the middle of this strip. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this Resolution 
be forwarded to His Honor, the Llayor, the director 
of Public "Works, the City Planning Commission, the 
Director of the State Board of Public Vforks, and the 
Chief Engineer of the San Francisc-Oakland Transbay 
Bridge." 



Commissioner Bakewell then presented two sketches 
submitted by the Board of Consulting Architects for the San 
Francisco-Oakland Transbay Bridge of the San Francisco approach 
to the Bay Bridge. 

Commissioner Bakewell, on behalf of the Architectural 
Committee of the Art Commission, recommended that the sketch 
specifying the single arch be approved by the Commission. 

Upon motion of Commissioner Duncan, and seconded by 
Commissioner "falter, the Art Commission unanimously approved 
that design of the approach to the San Francisc-Oakland 
Transbay Bridge specifying the single arch. 

Commissioner Chapin then made a motion that the Chairman 
be authorized to appoint Commissioners Fleishhacker and Hayden 
as special members of the Architectural Committee in 
connection with the Committee working on the approach to the 
Bridge. 



REPORT OF 
CHAIRT^AN OF 
SCULPTURE 
ITEE: 



Commissioner Walter, Chairman of the Sculpture 
Committee then presented a model and a drawing submitted by 
the architect, George Tf. Kelham, for a cross to be erected 
on Mt. Davidson. 

Commissioner \7alter stated that the design had the 
recommendation of his Committee, and introduced the following 



so 



resolution: 

"RESOLUTION MO. 30 

■WHEREAS, the design and model for a cross 
to be erected on Mt. Davidson were presented 
to the Art Commission for their approval, by 
George Vf. Kelhan, Architect. 

BE IT RESOLVED: That at its regular meeting 
held in the City Hall on September 12, 1933, 
the Art Commission of the City and County 
of San Francisco hereby approves the submitted 
design and model of the cross, together with 
its proposed location, 11 



Commissioner Walter's resolution was seconded by 
Commissioner Atherton, and unanimously approved. 

Commissioner Y/alter then presented to the Commission 
two sketches for a bench to be placed in Union Square, Ralph 
Stackpole, Architect. 

It was the recommendation of the Sculpture Committee that 
the design of one sketch, namely, that one specif ying the 
location as that of the center of the block, be approved 
by the Commission. 

Commissioner Walter introduced the following resolution: 

"RESOLUTION H0.51 

WHEREAS, two designs for a bench to be placed 
in Union Square were presented by Ralph Stackpole, 
Architect, to the Art Commission for their 
approval 

BE IT RESOLVED: That at its regular meeting held 
in the City Hall on September 12, 1933, the Art 
Commission of the City and County of San Francisco, 
does hereby approve the design of one sketoh, 
namely, that one specifying the location as that 
of the center of the block facing Post Street, 
provided that the flower boxes surrounding the 
bench be protected with iron spikes." 

Commissioner Walter's resolution was seconded by 
Commissioner Musante, and unanimously approved. 



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Commissioner Walter then presented a blue print 
for a bronze drinking fountain to be placed in the 
vicinity of the Groat Highway, and stated that the 
design met with the full approval of his Committee. 

Commissioner Walter then introduced the following 
resolution: 

"RESOLUTION NO. 32 

WHEREAS, the Society for the Prevention of 
Cruelty to Animals has secured the permission 
of the Park Commissioner to install a bronze 
drinking fountain for persons and animals 
in the vioinity of the Great Highway, and has 
submitted blueprints to the Art Commission for 
their approval 

BE IT RESOLVED: That at its regular meeting 
held in the City Hall on September 12,1933, the 
Art Commission of the City and County of San 
Francisco hereby approves the submitted design 
and the location for the said fountain. 1 * 

Commissioner Walter's resolution was seconded by 
Commissioner Ronchi, and unanimously approved. 

Commissioner Walter then requested that in the future 
all submissions of designs or models for works of art be 
presented to the Commission in temporary material. 

Commissioner Walter's suggestions met with the full 
approval of the Commission. 



REPORT OF 
CHAIB 
OF MUSIC 
COMMITTEE: 



Commissioner Hayden, Chairman of the Music Committee, 
stated that at tho present time the Music Committee was not 
in a position to report the plans for the 1933-1934 Municipal 
Pop Concert Season due to the impasse of the Musical 
Association and the members of the Orchestra; he was of the 
opinion that the concerts for the coning season should be 
held in the War Memorial Opera House rather than in the 
Civic Auditorium. 

Commissioner Hayden' s recommendation that the 
Municipal Pop Concerts for the 1933-1934 season be held 



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in the VTar Memorial Opera House met with the full 
approval of the Commission. 

On recommendation of the Music Committee, 
Commissioner Hayden submitted the following resolution: 

"RESOLUTION HO. 33 

On recommendation of the Music Committee. 

Authorizing the President of the Art Commission 
to entor into contract with Marcel Dupre for 
his artistic services for an organ recital 
to be given on November 2nd, 1933, in the Civic 
Auditorium, in the City and County of San 
Francisco, California. 

Be it ordained by the Art Commission of the City 
and County of San Francisco as follows: 

Section 1. The President is hereby authorized to 
enter into a contract with Marcel Dupre to render 
an organ recital on November 2, 1933, and to receive 
as compensation for such recital the sum of Three 
Hundred and Fifty ($350.00) Dollars, to be paid on 
the day of the aforesaid performance. 

Section 2. It is hereby declared that the services 
to be rendered by said Marcel Dupre are of a temporary 
character and require high technical skill, and that 
the position occupied by him shall not be subject to 
the provisions of Section 142 of the Charter. n 

Commissioner Hayden* s resolution was seconded by 
Commissioner Greenbaum, and unanimously approved. 



MESTINGr 
ADJOURNED: 



There being no further business before the Board, 
the meeting adjourned sine die at 11:55 A.M. 




San Francisco, California. 
October 10,1933. 



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REGULAR 

MEETING: 



The regular meeting of the Art Commission of the 
City and County of San Francisco \ms held on Tuesc? , 
October 10,1933, at 1" . . loom 228, City Hall, San 
Francisco, 



President Lewis P. Eobart presided in the Chair, 



There were present: 



ABSENT: 



. Lewis P. Hobart 
Mrs. Gertrude Atherton 
Mr. Charles Stafford Duncan 
•J. Emmet Hayden 
.lbert Greenbaum 
. Ottorino Ronohi 
Mr. John Bakewell, Jr. 
Hon. Mayor Angelo J. Lossi 

. . ".iap an 
Mrs. A.S.Musante 

. -..erson Knight 

-ter 
. lerbert Fleishhacker 
. -eland S. Cutler 



MINUTES 
ADOPTED: 



The minutes of the previous meeting of September 12, 
1933, copy of which was sent to all Commissioners, were 
duly adopted as the minutes of the Regular Meeting of 
October 10,1933. 



REPORT OF 
SCULPTURE 
ITTEE: 



In the absence of Commissioner Yjalter, Chairman of 
the Sculpture Committee, Secretary Dyer submitted the 
following two resolutions: 



.: . : 

TiHEREAS, the Committee on Sculpture, Edgar 
"./alter, Chairman, at a special meeting on 
September 21, 1933, tentatively approved the 
design for a plaouQ to be placed in the lobby 
of the Coit Memorial Tower on Telegraph Hill 
to the memory of Lillie Hitchcock Coit, donor of 
said tower. 



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BE IT RESOLVED: That at its regular nesting 
held October 10,1933, in Room 228, City T Iall, 
the Art Commission of the City cr-d County of 
San Francisco accepts the recommendation of 
the Sculpture Committee, and does hereby approve 
the design of the said plaque. 



RESOLUTIOII 110.35 

YJHEREAS, the Committee on Sculpture, Edgar 
Y.alter, Chairman, has approved two Boulder 
Memorials to be placed at the foot of the 
trees which were planted in Lincoln Park 
by Ferdinand Foch, Llarechal de France, in 
1921, and Joseph Joffre, llarechal de 
France, in 1922. 

BE IT RESOLVED: That at its regular meeting 
held October 10,1933, in Room 228, City Hall, 
the Art Commission of the City and County of 
San Francisco does hereby approve these two 
memorials, together with the proposed location. 



There being no objections, the Resolutions 
met with the unanimous approval of the Commission. 



STREET Commissioner Ronchi, Chairman of the Street 

LIGHTING 

STANDARDS: Structure Committee, submitted the following resolution: 



RESOLUTIOII 110.36 



YJHEREAS, the Chief Electrical Engineer of the 
Public Utilities Commission of the City aid 
County of San Francisco has submitted a blue 
print drawing covering the t:T?e of street 
lighting standard to be placed on certain 
streets approaching the San Francisco Oakland 
Bay Bridge j and 

YiHEREAS, the Street Structure Committee of 
the Art Commission at a meeting held October 
10,1933, inspected and approved said drawing; 

BE IT RESOLVED: That the Art Commission at 
its regular meeting held October 10,1933, 
hereby approves the submitted design of the 
Street Lighting Standards that are to be 
placed on Potrero Avenue, north of Army 
Street, Tenth Street, Fell Street from 
Market to Van Hess Avenue, Harrison Street 
from Fifth to Tenth Streets, Bryant Street from 
Fifth to Tenth Streets. 



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Commissioner Roncgi's rssolution was 
seconded by Commissioner Hayden, and was 
unanimously approved. 



REPORT 0? 
CHAIR 
0? MUSIC 
(BOMLHTTEE: 



Commissioner Hayden, Chairman of the 
Committee, submitted the following recommendations 
for the Municipal Concert Series for the Season 
1933-1934. 



UPAL POP co: 
1933-1934 



DATES 




Dec. 29, 1933 


Dobrowven 


Jan. 9, 1934 


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Jan. 20, 1934 


■ari 


Feb. 3,1934 


ti 


Mar. 10, 1934 


Dobrowen 


ESTI 


Orchestra 


^10,000 


Soloists 


6,000 


Rent 


1,000 


I.Ii seel lane ous 


5,000 



SOLOIST (Tentative) 

Roland Hayes 
John I'cCormack 
Lhevinne 

I'unicipal Chorus 
Jeritza 



ESTIMATE OF 

Box Office Receipts $18,000 

(Opera House) 
Appropriation #42 6,500 
Rent Appropriation 1,000 



TOTAL $22,000 



$ 2 5, 500" 



As it was undecided what artists were available 
at this time it was moved by Commissioner Greenbaum 
that the LIusic Committee be authorized to use its 
discretion as to entering into negotiations with 
such soloists as would be available. 

Commissioner G-reenbaum's motion was seconded 
by Commissioner Duncan, and net rath the unanimous 
approval of the Commission. 

Commissioner Hayden then introduced the following 
resolutions: 



0.37 



On recommendation of the "usic Committee. 

Authorizing the President of the Art Commission 
to enter into a contract with Peter D. Conley 
for the period of one year to perform services 
in connection with the 1933-1934 season of 
Municipal Concerts at the .orial Opera 
House. 

Section 1. The President of the Art Commission 
is hereby authorized to enter into a contract 
with Peter D. Conley to organize and manage 
a series of five -Municipal Concerts at the "Tar 
Llemorial Opera House, and to receive as 
compensation for such services the sum of 

: DO, payable as follows: ^500 December 1; 
J500 January 1, ^500 January 10, and $500 
February 5,1934. 

Section 2; It is hereby declared that the 
services to be rendered by said Peter D. 
Conley are of a temporary character and require 
high technical skill, and that the position 
occupied by him shall not be subject to the 
provisions of Section 142 of the Charter. 



1UTI0N HO. 38 



On recommendation of the liisic Committee. 

Authorizing the President of the Art Commission 
to enter into contract with the San Francisco 
Uusical Association to give a series of five (5) 
Symphony Concerts in the '.,'ar Memorial Opera 
House. 

Be it ordained Ission of the 

City and County of San Francisco as follov/s: 

Section 1. The President of the Art Commission 
is hereby authorized to enter into a contract 
with the San Francisco Tusical Association to 
give a series of five (5) concerts in the 

rial Opera House on December 16, December 
29,1933, January 20, February 3, and llarch 
10,1934. 

Section 2. For such services the I/jusical 
Association of San Francisco is to receive as 
compensation the sum of ^10,000; payable j2000 
for each of said concerts; payment to be made 
as follov^s: the sum of ^2,000 following the 
performance of each concert. 



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Q 



0.39 



On recommendation of the liusic Committee. 

Authorizing the President of the Art 

Commission to enter into contract with the 

Board of Trustees of the IVar Hemorial of 

San Francisco for the rental c orial 

Opera T Iouse for a series of five (5) Symphony 

Concerts. 

Be it ordained by the Art Commission of the City 
and County of San Francisco as follows: 

Section 1. The President of the Art Commission 
is hereby authorized to enter into a contract 
with the Board of Trustees of the '..ar Manorial 
of San Francisco for the rental of the War 
Memorial Opera House for a series of five (5) 
Symphony Concerts on the following dates: 
December 16, December 29,1933; January 20,1934, 
February 3, 1934, and March 10,1934. 

Section 2. For such rental the Board of 
Trustees of t! emorial of San Francisco 
is to receive the sun of $1,000; payable $200 
for each of said concerts; payments to be 
made as follows: the sum of $200 at least 
twenty-four hours in advance of the day of 
occupancy. 



Commissioner Hayden's resolutions v;ero 
seconded by Commissioner Ronchi, and unanimously approved. 



REPORT OF Commissioner Bakewell, Chairman of the Architectural 

CHAIRMAN OF 

ARCHITECTURAL Committee, submitted the following report, together with 

C0::iTTEB: 

photographs for the two schemes of the Approach to the 

San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. 

30 AFPRC 

TO THE 
"CISCO OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE 

The two schemes illustrated by the two enclosed 
photographs represent the San Francisco Elevated 
Approach to the Bridge starting at Fifth Street and 
running over Rincon Hill to the "waterfront where the 
Bridge proper begins. 

SCHL 

Photograph Ho.l represents the scheme that 
properl:/ treats this approach as an important 
feature of San Francisco. This scheme has been 
approved and studied by the Board of Consulting 



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Architects appointed by the State to advise 
the Bridge Engineers. It is also the scheme 
approved and recommended by the San Francisco 
Art Commission and by the San Francisco City 
Planning Commission. 

It is advocated by -' ief 

Administrative Officer, the President of the Board 
of Public Works, the City Engineer and in fact 
by all who have seen it. 

This Scheme llo. 1 takes advantage of the fact 
that the blocks between Second and Fourth Streets 
and between Harrison and Bryant are divided up 
into three very small clocks approximately 144 
feet wide, so that by acquiring this 144 foot strip 
between the two narrow streets Perry and Stillman 
(or Silverado) it is possible to take advantage 
of the width of those streets without cost, giving 
a total strip of about 224 feet. This isolates the 
approach from neighboring buildings, removes all 
fire hazard mailing it possible to fight any fire3 
from the wide streets on either side. It gives an 
82 foot street on both sides of the approach and as 
these aro new streets with private property on only 
one side they can readily be made one-way streets, 
furnishing ways to and from the bridge entrance 
from the main business center of the City and 
actually relieving any congestion that might 
naturally be expected as this portion of the City 
is built up. They also furnish ready access 
from the bridge out Third or Fourth Streets to 
the Bayshore Highway. 

This Scheme gives an adequate and dignified 
approach to the Bridge and provides an elevated 
roadway that has a pleasant outlook, and is a 
worthy entrance to our great City. 



schz:: 

Photograph Ho .2 represents an alternate 
schema that has nothing in its favor except its 
cheapness, and an economy so extreme as to be 
completely out of place in connection with this 
great project. 

This Scheme is entirely inadequate and 
unworthy of being either the entrance to the 
Bridge or to our great City. It brings the 
bridge roadway along an alley on one side and 
the rear of the cheapest kind of structures on the 
other, and would furnish an unpleasant and disgrace- 
ful prospect to those entering the City or 
approaching the great bridge. 4 is much 
inferior to Scheme Ho.l in taking care of bridge 
traffic, and in no way looks forward to the 
growth of the City and increasing congestion. It 
provides no new streets and no streets available 
for one-wa-' traffic. 



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The fir© hazard alone should be enough 
to condemn this scheme as it v;ould make it 
necessary to fight any fire in adjoining 
property from the bridge itself, completely 
blocking bridge traffic. It v;ould be necessary 
to forbid structures coming to the rear of the 
neighboring property, and also to demand fire 
proof constructions that vrould preclude any 
profitable use of the adjoining proper' , 
condemning it to the basest uses if not actually 
amounting to confiscation. 

The Art Commission strongly recommends 
that Schemen Ko. 1 be adopted and that Scheme T.o,Z 
be dropped from further consideration. It is 
presented in this report mainly because a 
comparison with its many defects emphasizes the 
many virtues and advantages of Scheme Ko.l» w 



Commissioner Bakewell's report met with the 
unanimous approval of the Commission. 



MEETING 

ADJOURNED: 



There being no further business before the 
Board, the meeting adjourned sine die at 12:10 noon. 




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San Francisco, California. 
November 21,1933. 



REGULAR 
MEETING: 



The regular meeting of the Art Commission of the 
City and County of San Francisco, originally scheduled 
for the second Tuesday of the month, November 14,1933, 
was held Tuesday November 21,1933, at 11 A.M. Room 
228, City Hall, San Francisco. 

President Lewis P. Hobart presided in the Chair. 



There were present: 



Mr. Lewis P. Hobart, 
Mrs. Gertrude Atherton, 
Mr. J. Emmet Hayden 
Mr. Albert Greenbaum 
Mr. Herbert Fleishhacker 
Mr. Ottorino Ronchi 
Mr. Edgar Walter 
Mrs. A.S.Musante 
Mr. John Bakewell, Jr. 
Mr. W.W.Chapin 



ABSBHT: 



Hon. Mayor Angelo J. Rossi 

Hon.Leland 2. Cutler 

Mr. Emerson Knight 

Mr. Charles Stafford Duncan 



MINUTES 
ADOPTED: 



The minutes of the previous meeting of October 10, 
1933, copy of which was sent to all Coirmis si oners, were 
duly adopted as the minutes of the Regular Meeting of 
October 10,1933. 



REPORT OF Commissioner Bakewell, Chairman of the Architectural 

CHAIRMAN OF 

ARCHITECTURAL Committee, requested Secretary Dyer to read he following 

COMMITTEE ON 

SAN FRA.NCI3C0 letter from C.H.Purcell, Chief Engineer of the State of 

OAKLAND BAY 

BRIDGE: California, Department of Public TTorks. 



Ill 



"STATE OF CALIFORNIA 
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC TTORKa 

C.H.Purcell Chief Engineer 
500 San some Street 

San Francisco 
November 13,1933 

Art Commission 

City and County of San Francisco 

City Hall, San Francisco, California 

Mr. Joseph H. Dyer, Secretary 
Gentlemen: 

At a meeting held on September 12th, the Art Commission 
unanimously approved a design for the San Francisco 
Anchorage and the viaduct to the west thereof, such 
design being submitted by our Board of Consulting 
Architects, 

I have found that to construct the anchorage and viaduct 
in accordance with this design would increase the cost of 
the construction beyond all reason. Furthermore, due to the 
curved! alignment of the viaduct, the design presents some 
extremely difficult design problems. Due to these financial 
and engineering difficulties, I request that the Commission 
reopen the question and permit me to appear in behalf of a 
revision. 

Merely as information, I am submitting a perspective, marked 
A, of the anchorage and viaduct as originally designed and 
on which our construction contract is based. 

I am submitting a drawing marked B which shows a design 
of the anchorage and viaduct prepared by the Consulting Architects 
after I had explained the difficulties connected with the design 
approved by your Commission. 

I am also submitting two drawings, marked C and D, being respect- 
ively an elevation and perspective of another design. The anchor- 
age design in these plans was prepared by one of the Consulting 
Architects a nd discussed favorably by one other. Yife have added in 
our office a viaduct similar to that contemplated by our contract 
drawings . 

Comparing plans B and C from the standpoint of finances only, 
I find: 

1. Based on the contract unit prices the arch viaduct would cost 
$162,130 in place of the $75,700 in the contract for this viaduct, 
an increase of $86,430. The curved arch forms are ordinarily 
more expensive than those for girders, so that presumable the 
Contractor wouldbe loath to accept the same unit price. 

2. Except for the plaster reverse, there should be little 
difference between the two anchorages. I estimate the additional 
cost for the reverse vri.ll be about $10,000. 

I request the approval, in principle, of both the designs 

B and C. I will be pleased to receive any suggestions you may 

have in respect to either. 



IV) 



My reason for asking for the approval of both designs 
is that I am not certain that we will be able to finance 
the construction according to Design B. In case such 
financing is not possible, I would be forced to proceed 
with Design C» 

I will appreciate receiving early action in this natter 
and will be pleased to appear before the Commission to give 
such further explanation as you may desire. 

Very truly yours 

C.H. PURCELL, 

Chief Engineer" 



Commissioner Bakewell then requested that Mr. Purcell be 
granted the privilege of the floor. 

Mr. Purcell stated thaf'architects had been engaged for four 
months in study for suitable architectural treatment for the 
Approach. Question involves not only question of appearance, 
but question of engineering design." 

Mr. Purcell further stated thafthe most important factor 
was that the architectural work be of good design and be within 
the limit of funds available." 

Mr. Purcell pointed out for the information of the Commissioners 
thaf'the time of completion of the bridge was of the greatest 
importance. To date they have been held up because of the 
anchorage, which has delayed construction of the bridge." 

Mr. Purcell then presented some modified designs for the 
approach and requested that the Art Commission consider them. 

President Hobart then called upon Mr. John Donovan, Consulting 
Architect, who stated that the Board of Consulting Architects 
fully appreciated the position that Mr. Purcell was in, 

Mr. Donovan further stated that the Board of Consulting 
Architects have worked wholeheartedly trying to produce the 
finest design within the funds alleted. 

Commissioner Bakewell, Chairman of the Architectural 
Committee, stated that his Committee had not passed on any 
of the submitted drawings. He stated that after all the question 



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had come dovm to an engineering project instead of an 
architectural project. 

President Hobart then called upon Mr. Timothy Pflueger, 
Consulting Architect, who stated that efforts had been made 
to secure additional funds from the State Highway Commission, 
and also from the City, to finance the acquisition of additional 
property in the vicinity of the San Francisco Approach to the 
Transbay Bridge. He further stated that as a member of the 
Board of Consulting Architects he v/as ready with his colleagues 
to give every possible assistance to the general plan. 

President Hobart stated that the Chief Administrative Officer, 
Mr. Alfred J.Cleary, had promised his cooperation in securing 
additional funds, and announced that Mr. Cleary, accompanied by 
the entire Bridge Committee, would go to Sacrament© and appear 
before the Bridge Commission and request additional funds. 

Upon motion of Commissioner Fleishhacker a report from the 
Bridge Committee was requested to be presented to the Commission 
on November 29. 

The motion met with the unanimous approval of the Commission. 

REPORT OF 

THE CHAIRMAN OF Commissioner Hayden, Chairman of the Music Committee, than 
THE MUSIC COM- 
MITTEE: submitted the following estimated report for the Municipal Pop 

Concerts for the 1933-1934 Season. 

"MUNICIPAL POP CONCERTS 
1933-1934 Season 



DATE 




SOLOIST 




Dec. 16 
Dec. 29 
Jan. 20 
Feb. 3 
Mar. 10 




Dobrowon 

M 

Molinari 
tt 

Dobrowen 


Grace Moore 
Roland Haye6 
Municipal Chorus 
Lhevinne 
Ballet 


ESTIMATED EXPENSES 


,000 
,500 


ESTIMATED REVENUE 

Appropriation <§42 
" 43 




Orchestra 
Soloists 


no, 

4, 


$6,500 
1,000 


Miscellaneous 
Rent 


5, 

$20, 


,000 
000 
,500 


Estimated Box Office 
Receipts 


13,000 
$20,500 



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Gross gross Average Single 
Ho. of Seats Cost per season per per per Seat 

Season Concert Con. Sale 

Boxes !92 $7.50 $1440. $288.00 $1.50 $2.00 

Orchestra 

Grand Tier 1574 6.00 9444. 1888.80 1.20 1.50 

Dress Circle 

Balcony Circle 868 4.00 3472. 694.40 .80 1.00 

Balcony 618 3.00 1854. 570.80 .60 .75 

516210. '$3242.00 

The report met with the full approval of the Commission. 

Commissioner Hayden then offered the following resolution: 

RESOLUTION MO. 40 

On recommendation of the Music Committee. 

RESOLVED: That the Art Commission does hereby approve 
and accept the recommendations of the Music Committee 
as to dates, conductors, soloists, and scale of prices 
for the 1933-1934 season of Municipal Pop Concerts. 

There being no objection, the Resolution met with the 

unanimous approval of the Commission. 

Commissioner Hayden next presented the following 
resolutions: 

RESOLUTION No. 41 

On recommendation of the Music Committee. 

Authorizing the President of the Art Commission to 
enter into contract with L.E.Behymer, as agent, for 
the artistic services of Grace Moore, as soloist 
with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Saturday 
evening December 16,1933, 8:30 P.M. in the '.Tar Memorial 
Opera House in the City of San Francisco, and for the 
services of Josef Lhevinne Saturday evening, February 3, 
1934, 8:30 P.M. in the War Memorial Opera House in the 
City of San Francisco. 



Be it ordained by the Art Commission of the City and 
County of San Francisco as follows: 



Section 1. The President of the Art Commission is hereby 
authori z ed to enter into a contract with L.E.Behymer, as 
agent, for Grace Moore to appear as soloist with the San 
Francisco Symphony Orchestra on Saturday evening, December 
16,1933, at 8:30 P.M., and the services of Josef Lhevinne, solo 
isrt to appear with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra 
Saturday evening, February 3, 1934, 8:30 P.M. in the War 
Memorial Opera House, and the said L.E.Behymer, as agent, is 









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to receive as compensation for the services of said 
artists the sum of Fifteen Hundred Dollars (J1500.00); 
$1000 to be paid following the performance of Grace 
Moore, Saturday evening December 16, 1933j and $500 
to be paid for the services of Josef Lhevinne, following 
his concert Saturday evening February 3, 1934* 

Section 2. It is hereby declared that the services to 
be rendered by the said Grace Moore and Josef Lhevinne 
are of a temporary character and require high technical 
skill, and the positions occupied by them shall not be 
subject to the provisions of section 142 of the Charter. 



RESOLUTION No. 42 



On recommendation of the Music Committee. 

Authorizing the President of the Art Commission to enter 
into contract with Roland Hayes for his artistic 
services as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony 
Orchestra in a concert to be given Friday evening, 
December 29,1933, 8:30 P.M. in the Yftir Memorial Opera 
House in the City of San Francisco, 

Be it ordained by the Art Commission of the City and 
County of San Francisco as follows: 

Section 1. The President of the Art Commission is 
hereby authorized to enter into a contract with Roland 
Hayes to render his services as a soloist on Friday 
evening, December 29, 1933, 8:30 P.M., and to receive 
as compensation for such services the sum of One Thousand 
Dollars ($l # 0O0) to be paid following the aforesaid 
performance. 

Section 2. It is hereby declared that the services to 
be rendered by the said Roland Hayes are of a temporary 
character and require high technical skill, and the 
position occupied by him shall not be subject to the 
provisions of section 142 of the Charter. 



On motion of Commissioner "Walter, second by Commissioner 
Atherton, the resolutions presented by Commissioner Hayden wore 
unanimously approved, and the President was authorized to enter 
into contracts for soloists. 

Commissioner Hayden then presented the following 
Resolution: 



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RESOLUTION No. 43 



RESOLVED: That the Art Commission of the City 
and County of San Francisco at its regular 
meeting November 21, 1933, does hereby respectfully 
request the Honorable Board of Directors of the 
San Francisco Opera Association to extend permission 
to transmit from the San Francisco War Memorial 
Opera House to the San Francisco Civic Auditorium 
the performance of Puccini** Opera "La Boheme", 
Tuesday evening, November 28,1933; 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That should the Honorable 
Board of Directors of the San Francisco Opera 
Association comply with this request they shall 
be absolved from any or all expense incurred for 
the said transmission. 



Upon motion of President Hobart, seconded by 
Commissioner Greenbaum, the above Resolution was unanimously 
passed, and Secretary Dyer was instructed to send copy of 
said Resolution to the B oa rd of Trustees of the San Francisco 
Opera Co, 



MEETING 
ADJOURNED: 



There being no further business before the Board, 
the meeting adjourned sine die at 12:10 Noon. 




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San Francisco, California. 
November 29,1933 



SPECIAL A special meeting of the Art Commission of the 

MEETING: 

City and County of San Francisco was held on 

Wednesday, November 29,1933, at 11 A.I!. Room 236, 

City Hall, San Francisco. 

President Lewis P. Hobart presided in the Chair. 

There were present: 

Mr. Lewis P. Hobart 

Mrs. Gertrude Atherton 

Mrs.A.S.Musante 

Mr. John Bakewell, Jr. 

Mr. Herbert Fleishhacker 

Mr. Charles Stafford Duncan 

Mr. Albert Greenbaum, 

Mr. J. Emmet Hayden 

Mr. Emerson Knight 

Mr. Ottorino Ronchi 



ABSENT: 



Hon. Mayor Angelo J.Rossi 
Hon.Leland S. Cutler 
Mr. Vf.W.Chapin 
Mr. Edgar Walter 



REPORT OF Commissioner Fleishhacker read the following report 

CHAIRMAN OF 

ARCHITECTURAL of John Bakewell, Jr., Chairman of the Architectural 

COMMITTEE: 

Committee: 



"November 29,1933 

REPORT OF THE ARCHITECTURAL 
COMIITTEE OF THE ART COI-IISSION 

OF THE 
CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO 

The Committee on Architecture of the San 
Francisco Art Commission recommends that the 
design for the anchorage of the San Francisco- 
Oakland Bay Bridge jointly submitted by the bridge 
authorities and the Architectural Commission 
appointed by them, and marked Exhibit A, be accepted 
with such slight modifications as the Architectural 
Committee of the Commission agrees upon after 
further study. 



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Engineer Purcell has stated to the Art 
Commission that the funds at his disposal will 
not permit of any more elaborate plan, and rather 
than delay completion of the bridge the Art 
Commission are approving the only plan agreed 
to by the bridge architects and engineers. 



Respectfully submitted. 



(SIGHED) JOHN BAKEWELL, JR. 
Chairman w 



The report met with the full approval of the 
Art Commission. 

President Hobart instructed the Secretary to 
write Mr. C.H. Purcell, Chief Engineer, San Francisco- 
Oakland Bay Bridge Division, Department of Public 
Works, State of California, to the effect that the 
Art Commission has approved the design submitted 
in order not to delay matters, with the understanding 
that further study be given it. 

President Hobart further instructed the Secretary 
to request that line drawings, elevations, plans and 
sections be submitted as soon as possible to check with 
the perspective which has n© dimensions shown. 

After discussion, the following Resolution was 
presented: 

RESOLUTION No. 44 

RESOLVED: That the Committee on Architecture 
of the San Francisco Art Commission recommends 
that the design for the anchorage of the San 
Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge jointly submitted 
by the bridge authorities and the Architectural 
Commission appointed by them, and marked Exhibit 
A, be accepted with such slight modifications 
as the Architectural Committee of the Commission 
agrees upon after further study# 



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Engineer Purcell has stated to the Art 
Commission that the funds at his disposal Trill 
not permit of any more elaborate plan, and 
rather than delay completion of the bridge 
the Art Commission &^e approving the only 
plan agreed to by the bridge architects and 
engineers," 



There being no objections, the Resolution 
met with the unanimous approval of the Commission. 

President Hobart instructed the Secretary 
to forward a copy of the Resolution to the members of 
the Board of Consulting Architects. 



MEETING 
ADJOURNED: 



There being no further business before the Board, 
the meeting adjourned sine die at 11:35 A.M. 




San Francisco, California. 
December 20,1933 



REGULAR The regular meeting of the Art Commission 

MEETING: 

of the City and County of San Francisco, originally 

scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month, 

December 12,1933, was held Wednesday, December 20, 

1933, at 11 A.l.:. Room 236, City Hall, San 

Francisco. 

President Lewis P. Hobart presided in the Chair. 

There were present: 

■ Lewis P. Hobart 
lire. Gertrude Atherton 
Mrs. A.S.Musante 
LIr. Charles Stafford Duncan 
Mr. Edgar T/alter 
Mr. Ottorino Ronchi 
Mr. Herbert Fleishhacker 
Mr. J.Emmet Hayden 
LIr. John Bakewell, Jr. 



AJ33Z:;T: 



Hon. Mayor Angelo J. Rossi 
Hon. Le land S. Cutler 
Mr. Emerson Knight 
Mr. Albert Greenbaum 
Mr. W.Y/.Chapin 



RESOLUTION Commissioner Fleishhacker then presented the 

IN RE 

CT& PROJECTS: following resolution: 



"YJHEEEAS, it has been brought to the attention 
of the" Art Commission that the Civil V.'orks 
Administration in Yfashington has, through a 
local committee, employed approximately 60 
local artists for the purpose of embellishing 
the Federal, State and Municipal public 
buildings, parks, playgrounds, and hospitals; 
and 

AS, the appropriation for this useful 
employment of unemployed artists in this 
locality expires February 15,1934; and 



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"WHEREAS, in order for tho artists and the 
City and County of San Francisco to take full 
advantage of this liberal Government appropriation 
time and speed in approval of local projects 
contemplated is of the highest importance; and 

WHEREAS, the City and County of San Francisco by Charter 
requires the approval of the Art Commission for all 
projects of this nature; 

HOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: That the Art 
Commission in order to cooperate and conform fully 
and without delay with the spirit of this worthy 
government projoct as presented by the Civil Works 
Administration representatives, does hereby authorize 
and empower its Committee on Statuary, Sculpture, 
Paintings, and Mural Decorations to consider, advise, 
and approve or disapprove such artistic projects 
as may be presented to it for its consideration 
and approval by the local Civil Works Administration 
Committee on artistic projects in Northern California. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That in case any public 
building is to be remodeled or altered that the 
architect who designed said building be consulted." 



Commissioner Fleishhacker requested the privilege 
of the floor and informed the Commission that this project 
was similar to other emergency work and would expire on 
the 15th day of February. He announced that Dr. Walter 
Hiel had been appointed Chairman of the Committee and 
that Commissioners Walter and Duncan of tho Art Commission 
had been called upon to act in an advisory capacity. 

Commissioner Duncan then stated that the project 
had been very successfully established and that our 
local artists were most enthusiastic about carrying 
it out. He pointed out that one of the main projects 
on the proposed program was the plan to decora to tho 
interior of the Coit Tower. He also stated that they 
wore contemplating doing the lower floor of the Chalet- 
at-the-Beach and The Mother House at Fleishhacker Pool, 

Commissioner Duncan emphasized that this project 
is a challenge to American Art as a whole and every 



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artist in America should fipure in it. Those 
who can afford it should contribute their services 

to the movement and those who cannot afferd it and 

are out of work should immediately be put to work. 

He then requested the Art Commission to pass the 

above resolution. 

There being no objections, the Resolution met 
with the unanimous approval of the entire Commission. 



APPROACH SAN 
FRANC IS CO- 
OAKLAND 
TRAIISBAY 
BRIDGE: 



President Lewis P. Hobart then requested the Secretary 
to read the following letter addressed to C.E.Purcell, 
Chief Engineer, State of California, Department ef 
Public Works. 



"APT C0M.3SSI0N 
City Hall, San Francisco 



December 20,1933 



Mr. C.E.Purcell, Chief Engineer, 

State of California, Department of Public '.'forks, 

500 Sansome Street, 

San Francis co, California. 

Dear Sir: 

We acknowledge receipt of elevation and scale 
drawings dated November 29,1933, and wish to 
call your attention to the fact that these 
drawings do not conform to the perspective 
passed by the Art Commission at the special 
meeting of November 29,1933. You will recall 
that the perspective the Commission passed at 
that meeting was after four months of study 
and argument, and that you stated that it was 
the best anchorage that you could provide 
within the limits of your cost. 

The drawings of November 29th seem to be related 
to the perspective which was net approved at the 
meeting of the Art Commission when you and your 
two assistants and the three bridge Architects 
were present. 

The whole anchorage has reverted to your 
original engineering drawings, and the time and 
effort have been entirely wasted. Tie feel that 
the outcome will be a sad one for San Francisco. 

Very truly yours, 

PRESIDENT 
Art Commission, City and County of 
San Francisco" 



Upon motion of Co:rmissioner Hayien the 
letter addressed to Mr, C.H.Purcoll was taken 
under advisement. 



RECONSTRUCTION 
AND REMODELING 
OF UNITED 
STATES MINT: 



President Hobart advised the Commission 
that he had been informed that the Federal 
Government had appropriated $780,000 for the 
reconstruction and remodeling of the United 
States Mint at Fifth and Mission Streets. 

President Hebart then introduced the following 
resolution: 



"WHEREAS, the Federal Government has 
approved an allotment of $780,000 for the 
reconstruction or remodeling of the United 
States Hint at Fifth and Mission Streets; and 

VJHEREAS, just what plans the Government has 
in mind for the premises are in doubt, 

BE IT RESOLVED: That the Art Commission 
respectfully suggests to the Honorable L.W. 
Robert, Assistant Director of the United 
States Treasury, that every effort and 
consideration be made to retain the original 
motive and design of the old structure in 
the contemplated improvements." 



The resolution met with the unanimous approval 
of the Commission, 



BUFFANO 
STATUE OF 
ST.FRANCIS ! 



Commissioner Walter, Chairman of the Statuary, 

Sculpture, Painting and Mural Decorations Committee, 

requested the Secretary to read the following 

communication from Joseph A. Danysh, Chairman of 

the Bufano St. Francis Committee. 

"December 13th, 1933 
San Francisco, Calif . 
San Francisco Art Committee, 
San Francisco, California 

Gentlemen: 

As chairman of a committee of San Franciscans formed 
for the purpose of procuring the monumental statue of 



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St. Francis by Beniamino Bufano which is now in Paris, 
and presenting said statu© to the city of San Francisco, 
I respectfully submit the ensuing data and information 
relating to the committee and to the statue for r r our 
consideration. 

The committee, to be known hereinafter as the "Bufano Sti 
Francis Committee", is composed of the following 
citizens of San Francisco: 

Joseph A. Danysh, Chairman 
Mr. Richard Tobin 
Mr. William Wallace Chapin 
Mr. Leon Liebes 
Mr. Paul Vordier 
Mr. Ernst Bacon 
Mr. William Gerstle 
Mr. & Mrs .Morse Erskine 
Mr. Robert Howard 
Mr. Michel Weil 
Mra Drew Chidester 
Mr. Ralph Stackpole 
Mr. Timothy Pf leugger 
Dr. Walter Hoil 

When the St. Francis project was first presented last 
spring the Art Commission suspended its decision to 
accept or reject the monument because of the lack of 
photographs of the original, and because of the fact 
that, although a large v/ooden model was offered as a 
prototype of the original, witnesses called by the 
Commission to verify the exactness of the model 
to the original, gave confusing, if not conflicting, 
testimony as to the exact correspondence between the 
two. 

The present committee has beon able since to procure 
photographs of the original; which I enclose along with 
two views of the wooden model first submitted, as 
evidence of the almost complete correspondence between 
the model and the original, of such elements as the 
position of arms, the character and execution of the 
head and face, the degree of incision botween head 
and cowl, and the consistently similar interpretations 
of the spirit of the subject. 

Tne photograph enclosed shews the surface of the statue 
as grayish white in color. This, however, is due to the 
fact that the photograph was taken before the statue 
was completely polished. According to the sculptor «id 
others who have seen the statue the St. Francis is 
twenty one feet in height and is executed in black 
Swedish granite. A sample of this stone and of the 
surface of the statue since it has been polished is to 
be found in the "Twin Peaks" group by Bufano now in the 
storeroom of the Palace of the Legion of Honor. This 
gr««p, in fact, was carved from the large mass of stone 
cut away from beneath the arm of the St. Francis. 

As to the artistic merit of the St. Francis, I offer 
the artist's reputation as a craftsman and an artist; 
the favorable opinions expressed in the letters now on 
filo with the Secretary of the Art Commission, from 



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these who have seen the original statue; the quality 
•f the large wooden medel which the members of the 
Art Commission have already seenj and the many works 
executed by Bufano before and after the completion 
of the St. Francis, especially the Twin Peaks group 
done in the same medium. 

As to the placing of the Statue as a public monument, 
the committee desires t» offer, subject to the approval 
of the San Francisco Park Commission, the following 
considerations . 

1. On the top of Telegraph Hill, at the rear of 
the Tower there is an approximately level plane about 

as wide as the base of the tower and possible one hundred 
and fifty feet in length (enclosed see sketch of ground 
plan of tower.) The place is relatively quiet, and with 
a minimum of landscaping might be made into an adequate and 
fitting site for a civic monument with such historic 
associations as the St. Francis. I have discussed the 
possibility of placing the statue in such a place with 
Arthur Brewn, Jr., the designer of the Tower, to ascertain 
whether or not a monument of this sort would conflict 
with the present architectural scheme for the top of 
Telegraph Hill. Mr. Brown has in his office a table 
model, on an eighth inch scale, of the tower and the 
surrounding terrain, and I have had Bufano make a scale 
model of the statue, to consider the fitness and 
feasibility of such a sight. In Mr. Brown's opinion 
the use of the above mentioned site for the placing of 
the St. Francis would in no way conflict with the unity 
of his own design, nor detract in any way from its 
artistic interest. The statue and its immediate 
surroundings could, in fact, be made quite separate 
from the tower, while placing it here would render it 
easily accessable to the numerous resident and tourist 
visitors attracted to this section of San Francisco. Mr. 
Brown has cordially suggested that the sculpture committee 
of the Art Commission might convene in his offices to con- 
sider the Bufano project in terms of this proposed 
location where the proximity of a model of the site might 
facilitate their deliberations on this point. 

2. On the approach to the top of Telegraph Hill, 
via Lombard Street, (see enclosed photograph, labelled 
"proposed site No. 2") there is a niche in the side of 
the Hill facing Alcatraz Inland which also might with 
slight alteration serve as a fitting situation for the 
St. Francis. In its present state, however, the niche 
is neither deep enough in the hill, nor high enough 
from tep to bottom. To adequately accomodate the statu* 
this niche would have to be cut back in a semicircular 
form from ten to fifteen feet into the side of the hill. 
There is a sharp rise in the hill above this niche, so 
that the cutting-in of the ten to fifteen feet would 
produce a natural wall high enough frem top to bottom 

to accomodate the statue as well as allow for ample 
passage around it. 

These two sites are respectively the Bufano St. Francis 
Committee's first and second choices for placing the 
statue, but are not necessarily exclusive. If for any 
reason or reasons, these are not practicable or acceptable 



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to the Art Commission, tho Park Commission, or the 
City Planning Commission, tho Committee will be 
glad te consider any equally advantageous alternative 
these bodies have te offer. 

Mr. Bufano has given the committee legal possession 
of the statue, -waiving his ov/n claim to it if and 
when the committeo shall have paid the existing 
clains against it and transported it to San Francisco, 
I enclose a copy of Mr. Bufano* s letter to me on that 
point. 

The "Bufano St. Francis Committee" now respectfully 
requests the Art Commission of San Francisco to 
approve the said Statue by Bufano together with ono 
of the two sites proposed or any acceptable alternative 
site the Art Commission may see fit. 

Respectfully --ours, 

JOSEPH A. DANYSH, 

Chairman, Bufano St. Francis Committee" 



Commissioner Duncan then introduced the following 
resolution: 



"RESOLVED: That the Art Commission does 
hereby accept the recommendation of the 
Sculpture Committee and extends its 
approval for the design of the Bufano 
Statue of St. Francis. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the selection 
of the site be taken under consideration 
for future study." 



REPORT OF Commissioner Bakewell, Chairman of tho Committee 

COMMITTEE ON 

ARCHITECTURE on Architecture made the following report: 

ON APPROACH 

TO BAY BRIDGE: 



"December 12,1933 

REPORT OF THE COMIITTEE OH ARCHITECTURE 
OF THE SAIJ FRANCISCO ART C0"..1IISSI0IJ ON 
THE APPROACH TO THE BAY BRIDGE. 

The Committee on Architecture on December 
4,1933, assisted at a conference in the 
Governor's office at Sacramento, with the 
State Highway and Toll Bridge authorities, 
in regard to the acquiring of an adequate 
Right- of -"Way between Fifth Street and 
Rincon Hill. 

At this conference lir.Cleary, the Chief 
Administrative Officer, Mr. Casey, City Engineer, 
and Messrs. Hobart, Duncan and 3akewell of the 
Art Commission represented the City of San Francisco* 



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Tha State Authorities headed "by Mr. Earl 
Lee Kelly recornized the importance of vddening 
the Right- of -Way to give an adequate and dignified 
approach, and agreed to recommend that $400, 000. 
of the amount provided for the construction of 
the bridge he re-allocated for the purpose of 
acquiring tho additional land necessary for 
carrying out tho recommendations of the Art 
Commission* 

It was agreed that the matter would be 
immediately taken up with the Federal authorities 
and every effort made to further this scheme. 
All of the parties to the conference enthusiastically 
and whole heartedly approved the project. 

COMMITTEE ON ARCHITECTURE 

JOHN BAKEVflELL, JR. Chairman" 



REQIEST FOR Commissioner Hayden requested the privilege 

PART-TIME 

SECRETARY of the floor, and introduced the following resolution: 

FROII CWA: 

"RESOLVED: That the Secretary of the Art 
Commission request the CWA for a typist- 
stenographer, on part time of five hours 
a day, so as to assume the additional 
work occasioned by the responsibilities 
of the A.rt Commission through its co- 
operation with the OTA artistic projects." 



The Resolution met with the unanimous 
approval of the Commission. 



MEETING 
ADJOURNED: 



There being no further business before tho Board, 
the meeting adjourned sine die at 12:20 Noon. 



Secretary, Art/Commiss^on 



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San Francisco, California, 
December 30, 1933 



ANNUAL REPORT OF THE ART ION 
TO THE MAYOR 
OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO 

San Francisco has come to the place where artistic 
responsibility is ni side issue. It must protect 
and perpetuate its natural advantages by wisely supervised 
artistic development, whether it be a street lighting fixture 
or the approach to the greatest bridge in the world. The 
Art Commission established under the new charter has gone into 
its second year under the able leadership of President 
Lewis P. Hobart. This group of artists, musicians, architects, 
litterateurs and laymen of discrimination has given time, 
study and consideration to the aesthetic welfare of the 
municipality. 

Today one of the most important projects engaging the 
attention of this Commission is the approach to the San 
Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. They have negotiated with 
the Civil and State authorities in regard to appointing a 
Board of Consulting Architects who are giving architectural 
consideration to the extent that the design for the approaches 
will be in scale and harmony with the bridge itself, and that 
they will be so designed as to conform to the Master City 
Plans in its aesthetic and practical aspects. 

The Art Co:nmission has inaugurated a project calling for 
the widening and beautification of Fulton Street into one of 
the most beautiful boulevards in the world. Starting at the 
Civic Center the boulevard will extend from the City Hall 
to the Pan Handle of Golden Gate Park. It is easily conceivable 
that this boulevard will stimulate the establishment of 
cafes, shops, hotels and theatres. 



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Unique among the Art Commissions of the country, the 
San Francisco Art Commission's activities include the ex- 
penditures of the municipality for the advancement and culti- 
vation of music. As the first city in the United States to 
support Municipal L'usic San Francisco has always accepted her 
responsibility of leadership with the hope of finer and better 
things in music. Certainly no other American City offers 
finer musical programs within the reach of all. 

This year under the direction of the Music Committee, 
J. Emmet Hayden, Chairman of the Art Commission, is sponsoring 
five Municipal Pop Symphony Concerts with the San Francisco 
Symphony and internationally known soloists in the 
Memorial Opera House. 



LEWIS P. HOB: 

President, Art Commission 




MINUTES OF ART COMJ.DiSSION 
of the 
CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO 
1933 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 



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ANNUAL MEETING 

Election of President 

Election of Vice President 

Personnel of Co mittees remain the same 

Haig Patigian sculptural group 

Bufano Statue of St. Francis 

Music Committee Resolutions 

Fulton Street Project 

Temporary Grandstands 

Reappointment of Emerson Knight 



January 16, 1933 



REGULAR MEETING 

Budget for 1933-34 

Report of Sculpture Comnittee 

Bufano Statue of St. Francis 

De Zoro Statue of St. Francis 

Washington Statue 

Report of the Committee of Architecture 

Proposed Sign Ordinance 

Fulton Street Report Carried Over 



February 14, 1933 



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13 

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15 - 23 

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29 - 31 

31 - 37 

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REGULAR MEETING April 11, 1933 

Report of Chairman of Landscape Committee 
Orpheum Theatre Wall 

Report of Statuary and Sculpture Committee 
Report of Music Committee 
Report of Architectural Committee 
Report on Marquises 
Lighting Standards 
REGULAR MEETING June 13, 1933 

Report of Executive Committee 
Pulton Boulevard Committee Report 
Report of Orpheum Theatre Wall Committee 
Planting of War Memorial Grounds 
Property in Vicinity of Fine Arts Palace 
Civic Center Fountains 
Transbay Bridge 
Marquises 

Contract of Dr. Hans Leschke 
Municipal Pop Concerts 

Objets D»Arts Panama-Pacific International Exposition 
Report of Architectural Committee 
. Appointment of Commissioner Musante 

Dr. "/alter Heil presented to the Commission 



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REGULAR MEETING 



September 12, 1933 



Report of Secretary 

War Memorial Grounds 
Fountains in Civic Center 
Orpheum Theatre Wall 

Report of Chairman of Architectural Committee 

Report of Chairman of Sculpture Committee 

Report of Chairman of Music Committee 



81 - 93 
81 - 83 

83 - 87 
87 - 91 
91 - 93 



REGULAR MEETIHG 

Report of Sculpture Committee 

Street Lighting Standards 

Report of Chairman of Music Committee 

Report of Chairman of Architectural Committee 



October 10, 1933 



95 - 107 
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97 - 99 
99 - 1 03 
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REGULAR MEETING November 21, 1933 

Report of Chairman of Architectural Committee on 
San Francisco-Oakland Bay 3ridge 

Report of Chairman of Music Committee 



SPECIAL MEETING November 29, 1933 

Report of Chairman of Architectural Committee 

REGULAR MEETING December 20, 1933 

Resolution in re C'.A Projects 

Approach San Francisco-Oakland Transbay Bridge 

Reconstruction and Remodeling of United States Mint 

Bufano Statue of St. Francis 

Report of Committee on Architecture on Approach 
to Bay Bridge 

Request for Part-Time Secretary from CVZA 

ANNUAL REPORT 

Annual Report of the Art Commission to the Mayor of 

the City and County of San Francisco, 145 - 147 



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