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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

San Francisco: 1906

San Francisco: 1906

"The Burning of the Call." The San Francisco Call newspaper building in flames after the April 18, 1906 earthquake. View full size. Pillsbury Picture Co.

 

Call Building

I had an office in that building for a number of years in the 1990s. Yes, they tarted up the outside in a pseudo-deco style, but inside it still had some of the wonderful old features. I liked the oval brass doorknobs with CS initials for Charles Spreckels. I also liked the sink in the corner of the office, although I never did figure out exactly what its purpose was. I loved having real windows that opened and a fabulous view of Market Street.

Still stands today

This building survives today, although it's hardly recognizable. The dome and ornamentation were removed in later years to "modernize" the building and ended up stripping it of any of the original character. It's at the Southwest corner of Third and Market Streets in San Francisco.

In Flames

My god if that isn't dramatic. Wow.

 
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