neighborhood groups in the Haight Divisadero, Panhandle and
Alamo Square areas of San Francisco, fully supportkeeping
Old 21 in the public domain. The Community believes that the
sale of this building would be a one-time method of generating
income for the SFFD, but the significance of the building
would be lost to the public forever. For example, Old 21 has
a twin structure on Washington Street which is now a private
residence (and was once occupied by former Governor Jerry
Brown). As a private home, that firehouse is closed off to
the public. Neighbors do not wish the same fate on Old 21.
Websites such as this one and the work conducted by the students
of the Urban School and others, will help build awareness
of the importance of this building to the citizens of San
Francisco. Old 21 is registered as San Francisco Landmark
number 89 http://www.noehill.com/sf/landmarks/default.asp.
Landmark number 88 is the Palace of Fine Arts and landmark
90 is the Ferry Building, so Old 21 is in very good company
and it is not likely to be demolished anytime soon. Neighbors
believe that if the building were turned into a home, retail
space or office, it would be an inappropriate way to remember
the contributions made by the firefighters who served there.
If you are interested in learning more about
what you can do to prevent the future sale of this building,
please contact Richard Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org