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.”

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