Saving SF Victorians, 1977.

Original Cool Old Pic of the Day Club post December 18, 2014 

This precarious moving of venerable Victorian buildings was documented by photographer Dave Glass in November 1970 San Francisco. What’s pictured here is essentially the result of a thirty year urban renewal scheme for the Western Addition neighborhood, particularly the Fillmore District, which after the Second World War had become a cultural center for the city’s African American community that had also survived the 1906 earthquake and fire. Overcrowding and a high proportion of low-income families had designated the area as a slum and it was slated for redevelopment. A “nice new neighborhood” was promised by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and in the mid 1950s and 60s, entire blocks were cleared, destroying nearly 2,500 Victorian gems.

I actually tracked this specific building down on Fillmore St. near Sutter.

Hard to get a good pic with all the trees nowadays.

And finally, an example of one of the thousands of Painted Ladies in the process of being demolished…


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