By MATTHEW HOSE
The south wall of Belvedere's China Cabin is getting a facelift to repair damage caused by 40 years of exposure to the elements.
The bay-facing wall of the Beach Road landmark has developed soft spots from wind, fog, heat and rain, said Alan Brune, the executive director of the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society. The society oversees the China Cabin, the former social hall of the P.S. China, which served the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. between San Francisco and Asia in the late 1860s.
The work, which is expected to cost $35,000, began in late February.
"We were just concerned," Brune said. "So we figured it was time to do a major reconstruction rather than just the minor repair work."
Brune said when they tore off the back panels to the cabin, "you could actually squeeze it and water would drip out of it."
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