San Francisco Considers Hotel Plan for Palace of Fine Arts

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Should San Francisco turn part of the historic Palace of Fine Arts into a hotel? That's among the ideas on the table as the city's Recreation and Parks Commission evaluates three proposals to renovate and operate the landmark, which was originally constructed as part of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. But critics are calling on the city to reject commercial tenants and to continue allowing arts and educational groups to operate in the Palace. Also factoring into the city's decision is the $20 million in repairs needed to bring the structure up to code.


Julie Mushet, executive director, World Arts West

Laura Dudnick, reporter, San Francisco Examiner

Sarah Madland, policy and public affairs director, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department