Frozen in time? If Golden Gate Park were to be given historic-landmark status, the Stow Lake boathouse could be included in the designation. (Examiner file photo)
What would it mean to designate Golden Gate Park a historic landmark? What are the pluses and minuses of such a designation? Given how much the landscape has changed and how many features have been added since the park was created in the nineteenth century, what would be the rationale for “freezing it” in its present form? Which parts of the park are most important historically? Can we privilege one period of its history over another? It looks like a lively debate is brewing around these and other questions of historic authenticity in the park.