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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VAN HOUTEN'S COCOA, c. 1890

Up From the Ashes: 1906

Up From the Ashes: 1906

San Francisco rebuilds after the devastating earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. 8½x6½ inch glass negative from Wyland Stanley Collection of San Francisco historical memorabilia later acquired by Marilyn Blaisdell. View full size.

 
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Not much left, but,

The "White House" building is the current site (or next to) the Whole Foods at California & Franklin. At least four of houses visible on the opposite side of that interection still stand, including the landmark Wormser-Coleman House at 1834 California.

West of Nob Hill

Histry2 is right. The photograph looks from the west slope of Nob Hill toward the west. At least one distinctive building still stands in the 1700 block of Franklin, one block east and one-half block south of the park, that is, on the street that runs left to right one block before the park, and a half-block to the left of the left boundary of the park. It looks like a slice of a larger mansion, with one big window on its "first" floor and two dormers in its roof. A half-block further south, at Franklin and California, the house with the turret is also still standing.

Hyde and seek

Not too many landmarks survive today, making this photo a bit of a challenge to locate.

However, if I've got my bearings correct, the hilltop park at upper right is today's Lafayette Park. By counting the cross streets, the intersection in the foreground is the junction of Hyde Street (running left to right) and Clay Street (heading towards Lafayette Park).

BTW, hats-off to San Francisco historian Marilyn Blaisdell for helping preserve this magnificent photo collection, along with many, many others.

[It's Shorpy who's doing the preserving now -- he bought this glass negative for $82 on eBay. And paid $868 for the scanner that imaged it. So we hope you're getting your money's worth!- Dave]

Good going Shorpy! Keep up the great work.

 
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