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Life Goes On

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of a friend, I recovered all my gear on October 16. In the time since then, I have been out taking pictures of Market Street and the back streets between 5th and 7th. So much change is taking place, I want to capture what remains of the old district before it irrevocably disappears. These shots are among my favorites so far.

Construction Site - Jessie Street

“Construction Site – Jessie Street” (2013)

Federal Hotel

“Federal Hotel” (2013)

Stevenson Street

“Stevenson Street” (2013)

Grant Building

“Grant Building” (2013)

Sunday Morning - Market Street

“Sunday Morning – Market Street” (2013)

Mechanics Savings Bank Building

“Mechanics Savings Bank Building” (2013)


Filed under Mid-Market



“Anamnesis” (2007 Survey)

(338/9) 256–266 Turk Street; Granada Garage; two stories; reinforced concrete withstucco facade; giant order with semicircular parapet; temple frontcomposition; Renaissance/Baroque ornamentation. Alterations: none. Owner: James J. Walker Co. (1920). Contractor: Monson Brothers. 1920.

(338/6, 24) 230–250 Turk Street; building under construction (2007).

(338/5) 218-220 Turk Street; apartment building with eight rooms and four baths. 3B stories; reinforced concrete with stucco facade; galvanized iron lintels and cornice; two-part commercial composition; Renaissance/Baroque ornamentation; vestibule with mosaic flooring; lobby: stair landing. Alterations: storefronts replaced by aluminum and glass, aluminum sash. Owner: Chas W. Dixon (1921). Contractor: Monson Brothers. 1921.

(338/4) 201-217 Jones Street; 205 Jones Apartments; stores and apartment building with fifty two-room units; 6B stories; steel frame structure with brick curtain walls; galvanized iron belt courses, cornice; three-part vertical composition; Renaissance/Baroque ornamentation; vestibule: cornice molding; marquee and sconces at entry. Alterations: security gate, storefronts. Owner: Walt A. Plummer, W. A. Plummer Mfg. Company (bags, tents, etc.). Architect: Edward E. Young. 1924.

Antonia Manor (formerly Hotel Governor). 180 Turk Street. Architect: Creston H. Jensen. 1925.

Here photographed in mid-construction and completed in early summer 2008, the Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center was built with funds that were part of a 1.5 billion dollar bequest made in 2003 by hamburger heiress Joan Kroc. It replaces the Army’s old community center, which many years ago had been the Hotel Von Dorn, one of the buildings erected during the first wave of the Tenderloin’s reconstruction. In its heyday, the Von Dorn was clearly a very charming and cozy hotel.



Tri-fold postcard, circa 1908. Faintly visible behind the Hotel Von Dorn’s steel frame is the Hotel Cadillac on Eddy Street.


Postcard, circa 1915.


Filed under Tenderloin

Herald Hotel


“Herald” (2007)

(333/6) 302-316 Eddy Street; Herald Hotel. Mid-priced hotel with 159 rooms and 106 baths. 7B stories; steel frame structure and brick walls with terra cotta trim; second floor window surrounds, belt courses, three-part vertical composition; Renaissance/Baroque ornamentation; vestibule with coffered ceiling; lobby: desk and lounge space with pilaster order and coffered ceiling; iron and glass marquee with “Hotel Herald”. Alterations: entry, storefronts replaced in style of 1910s. Owners: Laura Hirschfeld 1910, Citizens Housing Corp. and RHC Communities 2004. Architect: Alfred Henry Jacobs 1910, Schwartz & Rothschild 2004. 1910.

Now that it has been restored, the Herald is one of the loveliest buildings in the Tenderloin, appearing much the same as it did a century ago. The large corner storefront was originally a drug store. Ten years after he designed the Herald, architect Alfred Henry Jacobs designed the now-demolished Granada Theater on Market Street (see also “Paramount Theater” in Part II: Mid-Market).


Brochure, circa 1910.


“Herald Lobby” (2011)


Postcard, circa 1910.


Filed under Tenderloin

Marlton Manor


“Marlton Manor” (2011)

(339/14)240-256 Jones Street; Roosevelt Hotel, Marlton Manor (1982). Stores and mid-priced hotel with 160 rooms with baths. 6B stories; steel frame and reinforced concrete structure; stucco facade; five-story bay windows, belt courses; three-part vertical composition; Renaissance/Baroque ornamentation; marquee over entry. Alterations: storefronts, vestibule, and lobby remodeled, cornice removed. Owners: Alexander and Rene Vayssie 1925, Mercy Housing with A.F. Evans Company and Marlton Manor 2003. Architects: Fabre and Hildebrand. 1925.


Brochure, 1928.

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