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One last hurrah for North Beach Library preservationists

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The people who fought tooth and nail to preserve the North Beach Library certainly get an “A+” for their effort.

The State Historic Resources Commission recently upheld a request from six months ago to get the 1950s era building on the National Register. Now state historians are sending a recommendation to Washington D.C. for consideration. The application was filled out by Friends of Appleton & Wolfard – friends of a defunct local architecture firm that designed the building.

Neighbors who are in favor of the demolition got nervous the recognition could prevent the building’s destruction.

However, the National Register is not as limiting as a local landmark. State Historian Jay Correia said on Tuesday that despite rights to a fancy title, preservation at the federal level won’t put any kinks in the process.

“Ultimately, all land use decisions are controlled by local government,” Correia said.

And if the Board of Supervisors follows in the footsteps of the Planning and Recreation and Park Commissions, it will vote Tuesday to bring on the bulldozer.

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com