$25.5 Million to Preserve San Francisco Landmarks
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi secured $25.5 million
for projects important to San Francisco in the 2004 Interior spending
bill that was passed yesterday by the U.S. House of Representatives.
funds will help preserve San Franciscos proud history and
celebrate our diverse immigrant community, Pelosi said.
schooner C.A. Thayer -- Pelosi won $4.2 million for the renovation
of the historic schooner C.A. Thayer, which is berthed with the
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Parks historic
fleet at the Hyde Street Pier. One of only two remaining examples
of a West Coast sailing lumber schooner, the C.A. Thayer serves
as a floating museum for more than 200,000 visitors annually.
The schooner is scheduled to go into dry-dock on December 3 because
she is deteriorating. Pelosi obtained $4.6 million for the renovation
in 2001 and $1 million in 2002.
Having worked for three years to obtain all the funding
needed to renovate the schooner C.A. Thayer, I am delighted to
announce that we have now achieved our goal, Pelosi said.
Renovation of this historic treasure, which has taught thousands
of schoolchildren about our seafaring heritage, can finally begin
-- and not a moment too soon.
Coast Immigration Museum -- Pelosi obtained $385,000 to continue
developing plans for the Pacific Coast Immigration Museum, an
ongoing initiative at the Presidio in the Golden Gate National
Recreation Area. The museum will tell the story of the Pacific
Coast, from aboriginal settlement through the experience of present
day immigrants. It will serve as a western bookend
to the famous Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
Without a doubt, the Pacific Coast Immigration Museum will
one day become a major tourist destination, like Ellis Island,
Pelosi said. Americans from all walks of life will visit
the museum to learn about the daring journeys of their ancestors
and the populating of the western United States.
- San Francisco
-- Pelosi obtained $200,000 to assist with restoration of the
historic dome of the Emporium Building at 835 Market Street. Originally
opened in 1896, the grand facade of the building was the only
structure on Market Street to survive the 1906 earthquake. Redevelopment
of the Emporium Building, which is currently underway, will include
retail, entertainment, and office space, as well as a Filipino
Trust -- Pelosi won $20.7 million for the Presidio, one of
San Franciscos crown jewels. These funds support operations
and provide for restoration and maintenance of the Presidios
historic and natural treasures. These funds will help keep the
Presidio on track toward financial self-suffiency in 2013.