The History of San Francisco's Civic Center w/ James Haas
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San Francisco's Civic Center has a very rich history. The epicenter of monumental moments that have redefined U.S. history. But what was the Civic Center like during its early days? How did it come to be what it is now?
Join us for a cyber conversation with James Haas on the history of San Francisco's Civic Center.
More about James Haas:
James W. Haas has lived most of his life in the city. After graduating from Stanford University in 1964 with a degree in history, he served for two years as the assistant director of the National Head Start program in Washington, DC. Graduating from Columbia Law School in 1969, he practiced law in San Francisco for almost forty years relating to planning, real estate, historic preservation, and banking. President Jimmy Carter appointed him in 1978 to the federal Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation on which he served for five years. He was also engaged in civic projects including committees demolishing the Embarcadero Freeway and rewriting the City Charter, improving transportation, and developing the new South Beach neighborhood. His major effort for the past 35 years has been the restoration and completion of the Civic Center starting with the new main library in 1984. Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed him to the City Hall Preservation Advisory Commission. Now retired, he has written about San Francisco including a biography of the long-forgotten Mayor Edward Robeson Taylor which appeared in the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society’s journal The Argonaut in 2007 and articles on the history of the Civic Center which appeared in The Argonaut in 2012, 2015, and 2016. His book The San Francisco Civic Center: A History of the Design, Controversies and the Realization of a City Beautiful Masterpiece was published last year by the University of Nevada Press.
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