The first Discover SF! students in front of the “Painted Ladies” at San Francisco’s Alamo Square.
Pencils raised, a group of 25 middle school students set to work sketching San Francisco’s 1898 Ferry Building, paying close attention to the waterfront structure’s Beaux Arts details.
A week later, the budding architectural historians traveled to the city’s iconic Alamo Square, where they conducted an architectural survey of the row of Victorian houses known as the Painted Ladies.
The students, all from the Galing Bata After School Program at San Francisco’s Filipino Education Center, were a part of Discover SF! Summer Camp in Heritage Conservation, a pilot program launched this past summer by nonprofit San Francisco Heritage. Coordinated by Desiree Smith, the organization’s preservation project manager, with the help of a number of local nonprofits and professionals, Discover SF! took students to more than a dozen historic sites around San Francisco to learn more about the city’s architectural and cultural heritage, with an emphasis on its Filipino-American history.... Read More →
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Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.