Save the Shacks!


FLASH: A victory in the fight to save the Earthquake Shacks!  (June 9, 2015)


The Planning Department has issued its response to the proposal by the developer to demolish the shacks, and has confirmed the designation of the shacks as an Historic Resource.


Thank you to our many supporters.  You made the difference.  Click here for more...




UPDATE  (June 4, 2016)


Real estate speculators never seem to quit, and John Shrader -- who bought the property on Valley Street -- is no exception. 


Shrader has now come back with a new proposal.  He wants to demolish one of the Earthquake Shacks, move the other shack to the front of the property, and put it up on a "one story pedestal."  He then wants to create two units on the property, both entered through the one relocated Earthquake Shack that would survive the wrecking ball.  One unit would have two bedrooms, the other "3 bedrooms and a roof deck."  Somehow this would fit into a "3 story over basement" [i.e., 4 stories] structure, plus a roof deck.


Shrader has not submitted any drawings or plans, but wants the Planning Department to let him know "if you think this is going in the right direction."


Shrader does not seem to have gotten the message from the Planning Department that "369 Valley Street stands as one of the better examples of a compilation of Earthquake Shacks that retains a high degree of integrity and conveys the distinctive characteristics of these unique property types."


We hope that the Planning Department will reject this new proposal from Mr. Shrader, consistent with their previous findings.


Stay tuned.

APRIL 2015:


A real estate speculator bought the home at 369 Valley Street in 2014.  The front part of this home is two Earthquake Shacks, one of the few survivors of its kind.  It is a living example of the resolve of San Franciscans to persevere under extreme adversity.  It is officially listed as an Historic Resource by the Planning Department.


The speculator who now owns the home wants to demolish the Earthquake Shacks in order to build a 5000+ square-foot, single-family monster house.  Neighbors and many others are uniting in opposition to the demolition of the Earthquake Shack.


Messages from some of our supporters:

  • San Francisco Tomorrow  (Click here.)
  • Victorian Alliance  (Click here.)
  • Protect Noe's Charm  (Click here.)
  • Neighbors of 369 Valley Street  (Click here.)

Noe Valley Voice articles:

  • May 2015  (Click here.)
  • July 2015  (Click here.)


More information:

  • Letter from Jane Cryan, founder of the Society for the Preservation                                                                    and Appreciation of San Francisco Refugee Shacks.  (Click here.)
  • Not One, but Two Earthquake Shacks at 369 Valley Street!  (Click here.)
  • More on Earthquake Shacks...  (Click here.)

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John Schrader, the real estate speculator who recently bought the home at 369 Valley Street, posted a rambling, disingenuous message on Nextdoor on Tuesday, April 21. Click here to read more.

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