On Thursday, members of the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater (BVOH) and the San Francisco Arts Commission will head to Sacramento to receive the 2011 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award.
The project proponents are being heralded for the BVOH’s recent completion of a “Save America’s Treasures” historic preservation project that included the restoration of the 122-year-old Opera House’s original Douglas Fir floor and the auditorium stage, according to a news release. The members also are to be honored for getting the building, which is the cultural and artistic hub for the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood, accepted into the National Register of Historic Places.
“The Governor’s Award will help us shine a spotlight on the Bayview Opera House, a remarkable San Francisco treasure that continues to be relevant and serve the community through its many arts programs,” said Barbara Ockel, interim managing director of the BVOH, in a statement. “The over 500 children who participate annually in our programs will tell you that this place matters to them.”
The building, formerly known as the South San Francisco Opera House, is the oldest standing theater in San Francisco, surviving both the earthquake and fire in 1906, according to the news release. The opera house’s inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places marks a first for any building in San Francisco’s District 10.
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