HOSPITALITY HOUSE - 146 LEAVENWORTH ST.
HUGO HOTEL - 6th & HOWARD STREETS
I admire the building as a work of public art, but the underlying reality is that its owners have allowed the hotel to sit empty and deteriorating for eighteen years because they have been unable to find anyone willing to pay the outrageous price they are asking for it. Their outspoken contempt* for those who are less fortunate reflects an attitude that for years was tacitly encouraged by the policies of local government.
*"They can put the low-income people somewhere else... you can be homeless somewhere in Idaho." — Varsha Patel, owner, Hugo Hotel
BRISTOL HOTEL - 56 MASON ST.
AMBASSADOR HOTEL - 55 MASON STREET
WEST HOTEL - 141 EDDY STREET
ST.BONIFACE - 133 GOLDEN GATE AVENUE
Dawn - Hotel Boyd
HOTEL BOYD - 41 JONES STREET
(VANTAGE POINT: PACIFIC BAY INN – 520 JONES ST.)
HOTEL HURLEY - 201 LEAVENWORTH ST.
Neon - Pacific Bay Inn
PACIFIC BAY INN - 510 JONES STREET
HOTEL MENTONE - 387 ELLIS STREET
NATIONAL HOTEL - 1139 MARKET STREET
HOTEL KINNEY - 410 EDDY STREET
Sunrise - The Hurley
HOTEL HURLEY - 201 LEAVENWORTH STREET
Under most lighting conditions, the Hotel Hurley's architectural details are obscured by the building's murky, dismal colors. It glowers and stares in bright sunshine and broods sullenly under overcast skies. The light of a rosy dawn softens all that it touches, making the Hurley an ideal subject for an early morning photographic foray.
ALLEN HOTEL - 411 EDDY STREET
HOTEL SHAWMUT - 516 O'FARRELL STREET
SAI HOTEL - 964 HOWARD STREET
The only furniture was a small nightstand at the head of the bed. There was no closet, not even hooks or nails on the walls. The one electrical outlet was situated on the wall about two feet above the sink; a perfectly useless location for me, since I had neither hair dryer nor electric shaver. A very small window near the head of the bed kept the room fairly bright during the first half of the day. A single, unshaded bulb hanging from the ceiling provided the only other light. My rent was $400. a month.
It was like living in a broom closet, but it was the first place I could call home after nearly six years of living on the streets.
ALDRICH HOTEL – 439 JONES ST.
HOTEL ELM - 364 EDDY STREET
HOTEL WARFIELD - 118 TAYLOR ST.
If Walls Could Speak
HUGO HOTEL – 6TH & HOWARD STREETS
Taking a liberty with the definition of defenestration, the artists cut apart and reassembled various types of scavenged furniture to give it the appearance of running or writhing. Tables leapt from windows and ran across the outside walls. Lamps corkscrewed from some windows, and sofas, refrigerators, bath tubs, even a grandfather clock squirmed and leapt from others. The furniture is there to this day, still running, leaping, and squirming out the windows.
Now a designated sightseeing stop, untold thousands of photographs have been taken of the Hugo and its famous furniture — a housing crisis turned into public art. I took this photograph of what used to be the Hugo's service alley because it shows the one wall of the hotel that has not been altered, save by the hand of Time.