year San Francisco comes closer to losing another among a finite number
of century old redwood cottages. This footprint is all that's left of
one such irreplaceable cottage at 132 Laidley Street in the southern
part of Noe Valley. When it was demolished in 2000, its redwood planks
filled a dumpster with a reddish gleam. See
the property as it appeared in 1907. Preservationists are in a constant
struggle for development that balances neighborhood character with the
wants of commercial interests in San Francisco. An association of Noe
Valley neighbors wary of development here sprang up overnight to prevent
the construction of a mansion on a hill not far from the Laidley property.
The neighborhood group was no match for the lawyers, architects, and city
planners lined up against them. Construction of a so-called monster
home - a 4,000 square foot, 4-story, single-family home with working
elevator - on Zircon Place was well underway in 2001.