EDGEWORTH HOTEL - 770 O'FARRELL ST.
The proprietor of this establishment was my other grandma, Bertha Ellinger. She would sometimes take care of me for a day or two when my parents wanted some time off. If Grandma E. had to work while I was staying with her, she would just take me along. A bottle of "pop" from the cooler, potato chips, and a Swiss cheese sandwich on rye bread with French's yellow mustard would keep me occupied for a little while as she tended the bar. On hot, summer days it was always dark and cool in the tap room.
Bertha's clientele, all of them blue-collar workers, were friendly with me and would sometimes tease me because I was quiet. Grandma E's stern, Germanic nature did not inspire frivolity.
Strange, how these long-lost memories are brought into sudden, sharp focus by the Edgeworth, a hotel more than 2,000 miles and half a century away from my childhood.
6th Street Beautification
STREET-LEVEL 6th STREET
6th & Jessie
6th & Mission
6th Street in Winter
Beer, Liquor, Wine — Jesus Cares
A New View
DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO from 7th & BRANNAN STREETS
The views from my new rooftop are very different from what I saw while standing atop the roof of my old hotel. While awe-inspiring in their own way, they have no soul. This is the legacy of downtown development and urban renewal.
SARATOGA APTS. - 1008 LARKIN ST., LAUREL APTS. - 970 POST ST.
We covered a lot of ground that day. As the sun sank below the horizon we found ourselves roaming the Tendernob, a problematic borderland between the Tenderloin and Nob Hill. I was babbling about my fascination with Classical-revival fabrications of galvanized iron, terra cotta, stucco and brick when, as if on cue, we came across two buildings that perfectly delineated what I was trying to describe.
6th & Natoma
ST. CLOUD HOTEL - 170 6TH STREET
CHRONICLE HOTEL - 936 MISSION ST.
COAST HOTEL - 516 O'FARRELL ST., PACIFIC BAY INN - 520 JONES ST., FIFTH CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST - 450 O'FARRELL ST.
Golden Gate Theater
GOLDEN GATE THEATER - 1 TAYLOR ST.
The building's owner, one of the wealthiest men in San Francisco, has kept its office space at 25 Taylor St. vacant for over a decade and closed down its retail spaces on Golden Gate Ave. The terracotta and wrought iron details of this Art Deco palace have suffered greatly from neglect and the five-story neon signs haven't worked in ages. In the bright light of day, the building's exterior looks tawdry and run-down, and at street level, except for the theater entrance, it appears to be abandoned.
A New Day
HAMLIN, K & H and ALLEN HOTELS - 385, 395 & 411 EDDY ST.
Early Morning - Eddy Street
JEFFERSON, FAIRFAX & KINNEY HOTELS - 440, 420 & 410 EDDY ST.; HOTEL VERONA - 317 LEAVENWORTH ST.; CADILLAC HOTEL - 380 EDDY ST.
HOTEL JEFFERSON - 440 EDDY ST.
LAWRENCE & HILLSDALE HOTELS - 48 & 51 6th ST.
At one time, calling San Francisco "Frisco" would have curdled the blood of a native San Franciscan, or anyone who had lived here long enough to feel a native's sense of pride for the City of Saint Francis. Alas, that pride in place seems to have all but entirely vanished, having been replaced by the morès of the culture of greed.
Dawn - Hotel Alder
HOTEL ALDER - 175 6TH STREET
In an attempt to modernize the street, the program director encouraged loan applicants to replace their historic but decayed neon signs with inexpensive canvas awnings. The result was a disaster. The canvas awnings subvert the visual and historical integrity of the neighborhood, which could have been enhanced in a most striking way by restoring the neon signs.
PAGE HOTEL - 161 LEAVENWORTH STREET