The Duboce Park neighborhood, a trapezoid-shaped residential area adjacent to the gay Castro district, is the newest historic district in San Francisco.
San Francisco supervisors adopted a resolution creating the Duboce Park Landmark District, the 13th in the city, at their meeting today (Tuesday, June 4). It includes 87 residential buildings, most Victorians, and three distinctive mid-block entrances to Duboce Park, a rectangular open space running along Duboce Avenue between Scott and Steiner streets.
According to the city’s planning department, the adjacent residential development to the park is quite rare for San Francisco, with the housing sited directly on the park, with no separation by road or sidewalk. Most buildings were constructed from 1899 to 1902 and were designed in the Queen Anne and Edwardian-era styles, resulting in a cohesive streetscape of cottages and flats, noted the agency.
Renowned San Francisco builder, Fernando Nelson, a prolific Victorian-era builder known for his exuberant designs, developed the majority of the buildings within the district, according to planners.
“This designation is consistent with the city’s General Plan, which encourages protection of historic buildings and neighborhoods with distinctive architectural character,” stated gay San Francisco Planning Director John Rahaim in a press release issued after the board’s vote. “Duboce Park now joins the ranks of other iconic residential landmark districts, such as Alamo Square and Liberty Hill. These districts illustrate the unique character of San Francisco’s eclectic neighborhoods.”
The Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association spent years pushing for the designation. Current DTNA President Pat Tura laid out the reasoning for the historic protections in a guest opinion in the Bay Area Reporter last month.
“Preserving the architectural fabric of the Duboce Park area is part of the character that defines our city. People love to come to San Francisco for its beauty and character,” wrote Tura in explaining the need to protect the city’s historic resources.
The historic designation for Duboce Park now goes to Mayor Ed Lee to be signed into law.