Pac Heights art gallery ordered to open doors to the public

A private art gallery that has been operating illegally for years in a landmark Pacific Heights mansion will be required to open its doors to the public in order to continue operating.

Anthony Meier Fine Arts stopped inviting art aficionados into Tobin House to peruse for-sale art exhibits earlier this year after code enforcers said it needed a city permit to continue operating, gallery attorney Brett Gladstone said during a commission hearing Thursday.

The gallery is located inside Tobin House, a mansion built in 1913 at 1969 California St. by Michael de Young as a wedding gift to one of his daughters. An adjacent house was planned for de Young’s second daughter but never built, leading the building to appear half-finished.

The gallery owners, who live inside the mansion, were unaware that they needed the permit to operate, Gladstone said.

The San Francisco Planning Commission on Thursday approved the issuance of a permit needed by the gallery on the condition that it allow the public to peruse the five or six art exhibits that it hosts annually.
 

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