San Francisco’s MUNI director proposes razing long-closed Pagoda Theater for transit station
posted by Michael Zoldessy on December 12, 2012 at 7:57 am
San FRANCISCO, CA — The battle for location of a new subway tunnel has taken an interesting turn with the Pagoda Theatre now possibly in its path. The plan would be to demolish the long-abandoned theatre and place a station there to reduce disruption to other North Beach businesses.
Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.
(Thanks to William for providing the photo.)
Were the Pagoda to be demolished, I would not feel all that badly. It is just a shell. There remain absolutely no use-specific or decorative features inside. My suggestion would be to build an entirely new structure for the transit station, and attach the old vertical sign of the theatre—repurposed to herald the station in neon or LED lettering—to the new building. The only remaining aesthetic feature of the theatre would thus be recycled and remain visible. Its Streamlined profile would fit the image of mass transit nicely.