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Fire-Damaged Fleishhacker Pool House to be Demolished

Tom Prete/Ocean Beach Bulletin

An emergency demolition order was posted on the fence around the Fleishhacker Pool House.

The Fleishhacker Pool House was so badly burned in a Dec. 1 fire that it’s too dangerous to let stand and must be demolished, the City says.

The City has already issued an emergency demolition order and is seeking a contractor for the work, but no date has been set to tear down the wreckage of what once was a part of one of San Francisco’s grandest structures, the massive Fleishhacker Pool.

The fire destroyed the roof of the main building, leaving the walls of the upper story vulnerable to collapsing, according to a letter from Department of Public works engineers to the head of the Recreation and Park Department, which owns the pool house and some surrounding land.

“Because collapse of these walls presents an imminent danger to pedestrians in the vicinity and potential squatters within the building, we recommend complete demolition of the building as soon as possible,” the Dec. 4 letter reads.

In a document issued Dec. 5 and posted on the gate of a fence around the pool house, the Department of Building Inspection ordered the building to be torn down.

“It’s clearly ready to fall down,” said DBI spokesman William Strawn, who said he had examined the building along with other DBI personnel and other City departments.

He said that although inspectors recommended that no one go inside the building, “you could definitely see there were parts … where there were big holes” in the roof.

Connie Chan, deputy director of public affairs for the Recreation and Park Department, told the Ocean Beach Bulletin in an email, “We have no confirmed info on demolition just yet.”

The City is contracting with a photographer to take pictures of the building before it’s torn down, and inside the building Tuesday afternoon a San Francisco Park Police officer wearing a hardhat accompanied a photographer on the ground floor of the building’s east side, which once faced the saltwater pool but now borders a San Francisco Zoo parking lot that sits atop the filled-in pool.

Strawn said he believed that some of the building’s distinctive features, such as its green terracotta roof tiles or decorative embellishments, might be removed before the demolition and stored.

Read the Fleishhacker Pool House inspection letter and demolition order:
Emer Order Pool Zoo Dec 2012

Source: Ocean Beach Bulletin []

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