Hugo Hotel display likely to get reprieve

Furniture will continue to dangle from the Hugo Hotel in SoMa until the building is demolished, under tentative San Francisco Redevelopment Agency plans.

A court recently ruled that the agency could purchase the blighted property at Sixth and Howard streets for $4.6 million from its owners, who had boarded up the building for more than a decade.

Artist Brian Googin added furniture to the building’s exterior walls in the late 1990s under an agreement with the property owners.
The art piece is called “Defenestration” — a word that refers to the act of throwing something out of a window.

On Tuesday, Redevelopment Agency commissioners will consider adopting a similar agreement between Googin and the agency.

“As a courtesy to the Artist,” Redevelopment Agency development specialist Jeff White wrote in a memo to commissioners, “Agency staff is recommending entering into a Permit to Enter with the Artist to keep Defenestration in place until the Agency is ready to demolish the existing building and replace it with affordable housing.”

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsPoliticsUnder the Dome

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Muni’s K-Ingleside trains will resume service after a long hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
K-Ingleside train to return on May 15

Announcement comes on the heels of pressure from Supervisor Myrna Melgar

Demonstrators march from Mission High School towards the San Francisco Police station on Valencia Street. (Jordi Molina/ Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Vigil, march honors those killed by police

Deaths of Daunte Wright, Roger Allen and others prompt renewed calls for defunding

A Recology employee stands at the comapany’s recycling facility on Pier 96 in 2016. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
Nuru scandal: Feds charge second former Recology executive with bribery

A second former Recology executive is facing charges for allegedly bribing ex-Public… Continue reading

Kiana Williams
Stanford’s Kiana Williams drafted by WNBA champion Seattle Storm

Kiana Williams is going from one championship team to another. A senior… Continue reading

Talika Fletcher, sister of Roger Allen, is consoled at a vigil to honor her brother, who was killed by Daly City Police on April 7, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supporters march for SF man killed by Daly City police

Struggle over fake gun ends in shooting of 44-year-old Roger Allen, DA says

Most Read