The city of San Francisco has been conducting a survey of homes and commercial buildings in the Mission district since 2007. The survey aims to identify which buildings should be placed on the national and/or state historic registries. Preliminary results of the survey are available on http://southmission.sfplanning.org.
Those results include a Google map with an overlay showing items of historic value. The Mission district is laced with homes stretching back to the 1860s, many of which are in very good condition. Map users can get detailed information on individual structures, including building date, architectural style, surveyor’s picture of the property, and the building’s potential status on the national historic building registry, the California historic building registry, or both.
In addition to details on individual properties, the survey also describes regions of particular interest. These regions include blocks of buildings representative of a particular architectural style or a particular builder. The map regions also trace the historic growth of the Mission district following the 1906 earthquake and resulting great fire which destroyed the city’s core. In the years following the quake, as the city rebuilt its downtown area, the Mission district, which was the southern border for the fire, saw both a population boom and a building boom.
The survey of historic buildings is still underway. Now that all the buildings in the Mission district have been rated, the city will decide which ones to formally put on the historic register. The website will contain updated information about the process.