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The Palace: 1906

The Palace: 1906

"Palace Hotel, New Montgomery Street." San Francisco in the aftermath of the earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Color Quake Again

The Smithsonian has posted larger versions of the recently-discovered natural-color post-earthquake photos here. Not only are they possibly the earliest color photos of San Francisco, they're also 3-D.

Before at the Palace

As seen here, the fire was so intense that it scoured away even the plaster from the brick walls inside the hotel. The Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum hosts an excellent online presentation of Palace Hotel photos and commentaries.

Here's an 1895 photo of the hotel's exterior, and a 1904 photo of the newly remodeled carriage court entrance, transformed into a vast atrium lobby.

 
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