Gold Dust Lounge to Petition for Historic Landmark Status

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Today could be a defining point for the embattled Gold Dust Lounge as the city's Historic Preservation Commission is set to hear arguments on granting the iconic watering hole historic landmark status.

To help make their case, supporters of the bar are planning to turn over more than 5,000 signatures from people who would like to see the Gold Dust Lounge stay exactly where it is -- in the heart of Union Square. As it stands, the bar's last pour is scheduled for March 6, when the owners will be booted from the space. However, historians and community members are hoping to convince the city that this bar, which has been serving tourists and locals since 1933, is part of the city's fabric.

"Today's extensive, well researched, and historically accurate Gold Dust Lounge petition for San Francisco landmark status represents hundreds of hours of work by several professional historians and many dedicated supporters," Lee Houskeeper, spokesman for the bar, told us this morning.
 
Housekeeper has told us that even with a historic landmark status the business could still get evicted; however, it would create more hurdles for the landlord, John Handlery, to make changes to the interior. Handlery has plans to gut the inside of the bar, and add an escalator.

The commission, which is scheduled to hear the item at 1:30 p.m., could make a decision today. Stay tuned, all you Gold Dust Loungers.

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Payton_vege
Payton_vege

Amazing write-up! This could aid plenty of people find out more about this particular issue. Are you keen to integrate video clips coupled with these? It would absolutely help out. Your conclusion was spot on and thanks to you; I probably won’t have to describe everything to my pals. I can simply direct them here!

Brian
Brian

So dissapointed.  My family and I are in San Fran for one weekend a year for the USC game either Cal or Stanford.  We stay at the St. Francis and basically spend hours between Lefty's and the Gold Dust.  Please keep this open

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