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Preservation falls flat

Feb 04, 2017 - The San Francisco Chronicle

The best way to make sense of the Rockwell, a new 13-story condominium complex at Pine and Franklin streets near Pacific Heights, is to look at it as a marriage of convenience.

For the most part, it's as contemporary as can be, with two squat towers of concrete and glass that hold 262 units. But relics of the past are on view as well. The brick front walls of a commercial garage and small auto showroom were kept intact and then restored, their former garage doors and entryways now filled w...