By Laura Fraser : 48hills – excerpt
NOVEMBER 18, 2015 — Editor’s Note: This Thursday (Thu/19), the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Commission will meet to review three proposals to turn the Palace of Fine Arts, which was built as part of the 1915 Pan Pacific International Exposition, into a pricey restaurant and hotel complex. In one week, a petition on change.org has gathered 20,000 signatures against the plans — and a protest is planned for tomorrow.
Since its construction for the Pan-Pacific Expo of 1915, the Palace of Fine Arts has been our little Versailles, our Brandenburg Gate, our Trevi Fountain. Below, writer Laura Fraser considers what similar proposals — based on actual proposals for the Palace of Fine Arts — would look like if, in fact, they were directed toward the future of Rome’s famous and beloved Trevi Fountain:… (more)