|Maxwell Parish's Pied Piper painting no longer hangs behind the bar|
San Francisco Grubstreet reports that the hotel says, "It is no longer practical for the hotel to display, an original work of this value and cultural significance, in a public area." Balderdash, decry angry citizens and members of the San Francisco Architectural Heritage organization who claim the painting is "an enduring symbol of San Francisco’s identity for over a century" and have started a petition to stop the sale from going through. The whole affair reminds us of the futile attempt to stop the renovation/decimation of the historic Redwood Room at the Clift Hotel. As of this morning, the petition had over 700 out of 1000 signatures needed. Check out the petition here.