City Lights in the Spotlight: Literary Landmark to Be Official Landmark
Something to howl happily about
The San Francisco Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board voted unanimously
yesterday to recommend landmark status for City Lights Bookstore, according
to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The nomination now goes to the city Planning Commission and Board of
Supervisors for approval, after which the designation becomes final. The
process should take another two weeks.
The store's 1907 building was retrofitted for earthquake protection last
year, shortly after owners Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Nancy L. Peters bought
the site. The store has been located in the same building since its
founding in 1953. It's also the home of City Lights Press, which publishes
a dozen titles a year.
A worldwide beacon for literature, poetry, culture and politics, City
Lights is best known as the home of the beats, including Allen Ginsberg,
Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and, of course, Ferlinghetti himself.
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