On June 3, 1998, the Landmarks reservation Advisory Board voted unanimously to recommend designation of the Fallon Building as a San Francisco landmark. Board President Dan Reidy lauded the efforts of Friends of 1800 Market as well as the CCP Directors for their patience and determination in the months of negotiations that led to this win-win solution.
The recommendation must still be acted on by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors before finally going to Mayor Willie Brown for his signature. These other officials are expected to approve heartily of the Landmarks Board recommendation.Friends of 1800 will be meeting next week with representatives of the CCP and neighborhood groups to discuss concerns about the security of the building. Squatters have been living in the deserted building intermittently, but recently have begun to cause alarming amounts of damage. Now that it's a landmark, we certainly don't want to see it destroyed.
The Architectural Advisory Committee of the Landmarks Board had reviewed schematic designs for the adaptive reuse of the Fallon Building at its meeting May 20th. Comment was generally favorable to the design, which will maintain the original appearance of the exterior of the building, while rendering the Market Street doors inoperable. The building will be joined internally with the new structure to be constructed at the now vacant west end of the property. Access to the Fallon Building part of the center will be through the new portion.