Panel to Decide Fate of SF Hibernia Bank Building on December 5

by Randy Shaw, 2012-12-04

After years of efforts to revive the landmark Hibernia Bank building in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, the city’s Historic Preservation Commission will decide on December 5 whether the owners’ renovation plan can move forward. The Hibernia Bank is one of San Francisco’s most iconic buildings, the Tenderloin's only structure to survive the 1906 earthquake and fire. I have gotten a lot of feedback to my stories about the Hibernia over the years, and there is clearly broad public support for the building’s revitalization and reuse. The Commission meeting is in City Hall, room 400, and starts at 11:30. The Hibernia case could be called as early as noon. All supporters of the Hibernia are encouraged to attend, and those unable to be present can e-mail messages of support to Tim.frye (at) A history of the Hibernia’s long road to this point can be found here.