Winter Morning - Hyde Street
Common space for CCSROC & La Voz Latina (Formerly United Artists, Inc.). 1930. Architects: O'Brien Bros. & W.D. Peugh. 2 stories, Art Deco stucco facade, tragic/comic masks w/collars & ties.
La Voz Latina (Formerly RKO Distributing Corp.) 1930. Architects: O'Brien Bros. & W.D. Peugh. 2 stories, Art Deco stucco facade.
Hyde St. Studios (formerly Fox Film Corp., then Wally Heider Studios). 1931. Probable architects: O'Brien Bros. & W.D. Peugh. 2 stories, Art Deco stucco facade.
Cosmopolitan Apartments (formerly Hotel LaSalle). 1927. Designer unknown. 6 stories, stucco facade, base totally altered.
AMBASSADOR HOTEL - 55 MASON STREET
The Real Bonnie & Clyde © 1968, Ace Books
Labels: 55 Mason, Ambassador Hotel
EXIT THEATER: STOREFRONT, WILLIAM PENN HOTEL - 156 EDDY ST.
SHIH YU-LANG CENTRAL YMCA - 220 GOLDEN GATE AVE.
Summer Day - O'Farrell St.
BEN HUR APTS. - 400 HYDE ST., SOVEREIGN APTS., ADA COURT APTS., FARLOW APTS., ALLEN GARAGE, APARTMENT BLDG., APARTMENTS - 666, 656, 646, 640, 628 & 626 O'FARRELL ST.
Sovereign Apts. 1924. Architects: Baumann & Jose. 5 stories, stucco facade, free-standing, high entry arch.
Ada Court Apts. (formerly Hermione Apts.). c.1916. Designer unknown. 5 stories, brick & galvanized iron facade.
Farlow Apts. (formerly Madrone Apts.). 1915. Architect: C.O. Clausen. 3 stories, Flemish bond brick & galvanized iron facade, cornice removed.
Allen Garage. 1924. Architects: O'Brien Bros. 2 stories, stucco facade, Tudor ornament.
Apartment Bldg. 1921. Contractor: Monson Bros. 4 stories, stucco facade, cornice & base altered.
Apartments & restaurant (formerly Annandale House). 1908. Architect: George A. Dodge. 3 stories, brick facade, entry remodeled in Art Deco style, base recently remodeled.
View from Natoma Street
447 MINNA ST. (rear), CHRONICLE HOTEL, HILTON TOWER I
447 Minna Street
Labels: 447 Minna, Chronicle Hotel, Hilton Tower, SoMa
Sunset - The Cadillac
CADILLAC HOTEL – 380 EDDY ST.
Labels: 380 Eddy, Hotel Cadillac, Hotel Elm
ANTONIA MANOR - 180 TURK ST.
Labels: 180 Turk, Antonia Manor, Mimi's Manor House
DALT HOTEL - 34 TURK ST.
DALT HOTEL LOBBY
Labels: 34 Turk, Dalt Hotel
SERGE ECHEVERRIA - TENDERLOIN RESIDENT, SPAULDING HOTEL
Just Passing Through
(VANTAGE POINT - 835 GEARY ST.)
We have come to dream.A Toltec poem, translated through the Spanish by Serge Echeverria
Suddenly we come out of the dream...
And we have only come to dream.
It is not true, it is not true that we have come
to live upon this earth.
Our lives are as the grass in spring.
Our hearts give birth to flowers from our flesh
and make them germinate.
Some open their corollas, others fade.
You have lived your songs, opened your flowers,
lived your lives!
Just Passing Through is available as a 12" x 18" poster.
Labels: Serge Echeverria, Tendernob
Ellis & Mason
EED'S CORNER SALOON, THAI NOODLE CAFE & HOSTEL - 201 ELLIS ST.
Labels: 201 Ellis
Sunrise - The Ambassador
AMBASSADOR HOTEL - 55 MASON STREET
Labels: 55 Mason, Ambassador Hotel
Dusk - Harriet Alley
PARKING LOT - HARRIET ALLEY
SWEDEN HOUSE HOTEL, ABBEY GARAGE, FARALLONE APTS., COAST HOTEL - 570, 550, 540, 516 O'FARRELL ST.
Abbey Garage. 1924. Architect: W.H. Crim, Jr. 2 stories, stucco facade, gargoyles.
Farallone Apartments. 1922. Architect: August G. Headman. 6 stories, stucco facade, griffins-supported balcony/door head, door grill.
Coast Hotel (formerly Hotel Shawmut). 1912. Architect: L.B. Dutton. 6 stories, brick facade with terra cotta details, some store sash & prism glass transoms intact.
(far left) ST. GEORGE (K & H) HOTEL - 395 EDDY ST.; McALLISTER TOWER - 100 McALLISTER ST.; YMCA - 220 GOLDEN GATE AVE.; PAGE HOTEL, HOTEL HURLEY, IVANHOE APTS., APARTMENT BLDG., GRAND RAPIDS APTS., APARTMENT BLDG. - 161, 201, 223, 237, 245, 255 LEAVENWORTH ST.; ALLEN HOTEL - 411 EDDY ST.
HELEN HOTEL, STAR GARAGE, BOSTON HOTEL, BUILDING, CAMELOT HOTEL, YOUTH HOSTEL CENTRALE - 166, 150, 140, 132, 124, 116 TURK ST.; TAYLOR ST. CENTER, WARFIELD HOTEL - 111, 118 TAYLOR ST.
Turk & Taylor
WARFIELD HOTEL - 118 TAYLOR ST.; BUILDING, DAHLIA HOTEL, ARANDA HOTEL, BUILDING, DALT HOTEL, HOTEL METROPOL - 76, 74, 64, 50, 34, 16 TURK ST.
Jones & Geary
HOTEL ST. CLAIRE - 595 GEARY ST.; HOTEL NAZARETH, BUILDING, HOTEL PIERRE, BUILDING, PACIFIC BAY INN, ABBEY APTS., APARTMENT BLDG., RIVEIRA HOTEL - 556, 548, 540, 532, 520, 450, 424, 420 JONES ST.; HOTEL MENTONE - 387 ELLIS ST.
AMBIKA HOTEL, EDGEWORTH HOTEL, CRISTOBAL APTS., O'FARRELL GARAGE, APARTMENT BLDG., GARAGE - 788, 770, 750, 740, 730, 720 O'FARRELL ST.
Jones & Ellis
MENDEL APTS., ALDRICH HOTEL - 415, 439 JONES ST.; GARLAND HOTEL, COAST HOTEL - 505, 516 O'FARRELL ST.; (far right) RIVEIRA HOTEL - 420 JONES ST.
View from the Empire Market
CADILLAC HOTEL, HOTEL ELM, EDDYSTONE APTS., PENWELL APTS., HOTEL HERALD - 380, 364, 340, 326, 308 EDDY ST.
O'Farrell & Leavenworth
HARDING APTS., FARRELWORTH APTS., HAMILTON HOTEL (now condos) - 595, 601, 631 O'FARRELL ST.
ST. ANTHONY APTS. - 795 GEARY ST., REYNOLDS APTS., ARCADIA APTS. - 534, 522 HYDE ST.
Reynolds apts. 1912. Architects: Hladik & Thayer. 3 stories, stucco facade.
Arcadia Apts. c.1910. Designer unknown. 4 stories, stucco facade, pilastered lobby.
Leavenworth above Eddy
HOTEL VERONA, APARTMENT BLDG., WESTERN HOTEL, APARTMENT BLDG. - 317, 325, 335 & 345 LEAVENWORTH ST.
Apartment Building. 1907. Architects: John & Zimmerman. 3 stories, brick facade, base altered.
Western Hotel. (Formerly Hotel Rocklin, Hotel Blank). 1907. Architects: Welsh & Carey. 4 stories, painted brick & galvanized iron facade.
Apartment Building. c. 1919. Designer unknown. 4 stories, painted brick & stucco facade, new door.
TO BE CONTINUED!
Labels: Tenderloin Survey
(VANTAGE POINT: EAST ENTRY STEPS - CITY HALL)
Labels: Civic Center, Hilton Tower, Oasis Hotel
ALHAMBRA APARTMENTS - 860 GEARY ST.
Labels: 860 Geary, Alhambra Apartments, Tendernob
AARTI COOPERATIVE HOTEL - 391 LEAVENWORTH ST.
Labels: 391 Leavenworth, Aarti Hotel
CRAWFORD APARTMENTS - 620 EDDY ST.
Labels: 620 Eddy, Crawford Apartments
INTERSECTION - ELLIS & LARKIN
Labels: Marathon Hotel
EARLE HOTEL - 248 GOLDEN GATE AVE.
Labels: 248 Golden Gate, Earle Hotel
CALIFORNIA HOTEL - 910 GEARY ST.
Labels: 910 Geary, California Hotel, Painted Advertisements, Tendernob
BRISCOE APARTMENTS - 946 GEARY ST.
Labels: 946 Geary, Briscoe Apartments, Tendernob
McALLISTER TOWER - 100 McALLISTER ST.
Reverend William Taylor,
from the frontispiece of his book
Seven Years' Street Preaching
in San Francisco, California
David Seward, CFO for U.C. Hastings, kindly took me on a personal tour of the tower, including a visit to the spot which I had long coveted, but which is accessible to just a handful of people – the very top of the building, where I was able to walk around in the open air, 27 stories above the street, with the Tenderloin, Civic Center and South of Market spread out before me! Our time was limited, so I was able to take only a few photographs. If you examine them closely, you can see where some of the buildings in this blog are located. Here are some views from 27 stories up:
Turk & Jones
Labels: 100 McAllister, Empire Hotel, McAllister Tower
HIBERNIA BANK - #1 JONES STREET
Labels: 1 Jones St., Albert Pissis, Hibernia Bank, Market Street
MANILA TOWNHOUSE APARTMENTS - 335 EDDY ST.
Labels: 335 Eddy
HERALD HOTEL - 308 EDDY ST.
Labels: 308 Eddy, Herald Hotel
MUSICIAN'S UNION - 230 JONES ST.
Labels: 230 Jones, Musicians Union
WILLIAM PENN HOTEL - 160 EDDY ST.
Detail, showing fire escape
and arched entry.
Labels: 160 Eddy, Albert Pissis, William Penn Hotel
HOTEL UNION - 811 GEARY ST.
Night Monsters © 1969, Panther Books
Labels: 811 Geary, Fritz Leiber, Union Hotel
WINDELER APARTMENTS - 424 ELLIS ST
Labels: 424 Ellis, August Nordin, Windeler Apartments
JONES HOTEL - 515 JONES ST.
Labels: 515 Jones, Jones Hotel
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.
Labels: 770 O'Farrell, Edgeworth Hotel
6th Street Beautification
STREET-LEVEL 6th STREET
6th & Jessie
6th & Mission
6th Street in Winter
Beer, Liquor, Wine — Jesus Cares
Labels: 6th Street, SoMa
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.
Labels: Downtown, SoMa
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.
Photo © 2006, Theo Rigby
Labels: 1008 Larkin, 970 Post, Laurel Apartments, Saratoga Apartments, Tendernob
6th & Natoma
ST. CLOUD HOTEL - 170 6TH STREET
Labels: 170 6th St., 6th Street, Dudley Hotel, SoMa, St. Cloud Hotel
CHRONICLE HOTEL - 936 MISSION ST.
Labels: 936 Mission, Chronicle Hotel, SoMa
COAST HOTEL - 516 O'FARRELL ST., PACIFIC BAY INN - 520 JONES ST., FIFTH CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST - 450 O'FARRELL ST.
Labels: Coast Hotel, Fifth Church of Christ Scientist, Pacific Bay Inn, Painted Advertisements, Shawmut Hotel
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.
Labels: Golden Gate Theater, Market Street, neon signs
A New Day
HAMLIN, K & H and ALLEN HOTELS - 385, 395 & 411 EDDY ST.
Labels: Allen Hotel, Hotel St. George, K and H Hotel, Painted Advertisements
Early Morning - Eddy Street
JEFFERSON, FAIRFAX & KINNEY HOTELS - 440, 420 & 410 EDDY ST.; HOTEL VERONA - 317 LEAVENWORTH ST.; CADILLAC HOTEL - 380 EDDY ST.
Labels: Hotel Cadillac, Hotel Fairfax, Hotel Jefferson, Hotel Kinney, Hotel Verona
HOTEL JEFFERSON - 440 EDDY ST.
Labels: Hotel Jefferson
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.
Labels: 6th Street, Club Six, Hillsdale Hotel, Lawrence Hotel, SoMa
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.
Labels: 6th Street, Hotel Alder, neon signs, SoMa
PAGE HOTEL - 161 LEAVENWORTH STREET
Labels: Hotel Hurley, neon signs, Page Hotel
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
Labels: 6th and Howard, Defenestration, Hugo Hotel, SoMa
BRISTOL HOTEL - 56 MASON ST.
Labels: Bristol Hotel
AMBASSADOR HOTEL - 55 MASON STREET
Labels: 55 Mason, Ambassador Hotel
WEST HOTEL - 141 EDDY STREET
Labels: neon signs, West Hotel
ST.BONIFACE - 133 GOLDEN GATE AVENUE
Labels: St. Anthony's, St. Boniface
Dawn - Hotel Boyd
HOTEL BOYD - 41 JONES STREET
Labels: Hotel Boyd, neon signs
(VANTAGE POINT: PACIFIC BAY INN – 520 JONES ST.)
Labels: Garland Hotel, Mosser Tower
HOTEL HURLEY - 201 LEAVENWORTH ST.
Labels: Hotel Hurley, neon signs
Neon - Pacific Bay Inn
PACIFIC BAY INN - 510 JONES STREET
Labels: neon signs, Pacific Bay Inn
HOTEL MENTONE - 387 ELLIS STREET
Labels: Hotel Mentone, Painted Advertisements
NATIONAL HOTEL - 1139 MARKET STREET
Labels: Market Street, National Hotel
HOTEL KINNEY - 410 EDDY STREET
Labels: Hotel Kinney
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.
Labels: Hotel Hurley
ALLEN HOTEL - 411 EDDY STREET
Labels: Allen Hotel, neon signs
HOTEL SHAWMUT - 516 O'FARRELL STREET
Labels: Coast Hotel, Painted Advertisements, Shawmut Hotel
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.
Labels: Sai Hotel, SoMa
ALDRICH HOTEL – 439 JONES ST.
Labels: Aldrich Hotel, neon signs
HOTEL ELM - 364 EDDY STREET
Labels: Hotel Elm, neon signs
HOTEL WARFIELD - 118 TAYLOR ST.
Labels: Hotel Warfield, Painted Advertisements
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.