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1904
In San Francisco construction began on the 8-story Grant Building, designed by Newton Tharp, at 1095 Market St. on the corner of 7th. In 2014 New York real estate developer Synapse Capital purchased the building and planned to convert it into a 200-room micro-apartments hotel in partnership with London’s Yotel.
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1904
Lumber baron R.A. Vance built mansion at 2400 Fulton St. in San Francisco. In 1968 it was purchased by the Jefferson Airplane rock group.
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1904
In San Francisco the 4-story, Mission Revival-style apartment building at 2300 Market Street was built.
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1904
In San Francisco the 10-story Atlas Building was completed at 604 Mission St.
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1904
In San Francisco Pershing Hall was built in the Army Presidio as quarters for single officers. In 2012 it was converted Inn at the Presidio, a 22-room hotel operated by Waterford Hotels and Inns of San Mateo.
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1904
Glenn Curtiss, a motorcycle builder in Hammondsport, NY, began making gasoline-burning aircraft engines for dirigibles that San Francisco daredevil Thomas Scott Baldwin was building in California. Baldwin flew a 54-foot dirigible equipped with a motorcycle engine and is credited with for building the first successful American dirigible.
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1904
From 1904 to about 1940, the San Francisco roadhouse at 1536 La Playa, known as the Breakers, the Crest, and, finally, Mendell's, entertained guests who ate, drank, and danced underneath a fantastic fabric of garish, glimmering sea life. In the carriage house next door to the south, customers stabled their horses and parked their bicycles, motorcycles, and automobiles.
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1904
In San Francisco an allegorical sculpture honoring Pres. McKinley showed a figure holding a palm branch in one hand and a sword in the other was erected in Golden Gate Park.
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1904
In San Francisco the St. Francis Hotel overlooking Union Square was built based on an H-shaped design plan by Bliss and Faville. A third wing was soon added and a 4th wing came in 1913. In 1972 a multi-story modern tower, designed by William L. Pereira Assoc., was added.
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1904
In San Francisco Giuseppe Coppa opened a restaurant on the ground floor of the Montgomery Block, where the Transamerica Pyramid was later erected. His café became a refuge for the city’s hipsters. In 1905 he turned the place over to local artists who covered the walls with murals. Looters destroyed the café following the 1906 earthquake.
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1904
1940
During this period the San Francisco roadhouse at 1536 La Playa, known as the Breakers, the Crest, and, finally, Mendell's, entertained guests who ate, drank, and danced underneath a fantastic fabric of garish, glimmering sea life. In the carriage house next door to the south, customers stabled their horses and parked their bicycles, motorcycles, and automobiles.
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1905 Nov
Eugene Schmitz, president of the SF Musicians Union, was re-elected mayor of SF for a third 2-year term. His Union Labor Party captured every seat on the Board of Supervisors. A victory parade left the SF Chronicle Building clock tower on fire. Political boss Abe Ruef and his Supervisors were now able to extract vast amounts of graft from any company needing to do business in the city.
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1905
In SF a reform movement began led by former mayor James Phelan and Fremont Older, editor of the San Francisco Bulletin. Pres. Theodore Roosevelt sent special prosecutor Francis Heney to investigate graft in SF.
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1905
In SF a building at 700 Montgomery St. was constructed in late classical style for the Columbus Savings Bank. It survived the 1906 earthquake.
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1905
In SF a 16,000 square-foot, Italianate-style mansion was built at 2820 Scott St. In 1915 it was elegantly embellished for a visit by Marie, the queen of Romania. In 2005 it was acquired by the Paige family, owners of the Paige Glass Co.
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1905
Charles M. Schwab of Bethlehem Steel bought Union Iron Works, located at Pier 70 in SF, for $1 million. He used the facility to build 66 destroyers and 18 submarines for WWI.
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1905
Frank W. Epperson (1804-1983) invented the Popsicle on a cold night in San Francisco. In 1923 Epperson remembered his frozen soda water mixture and began a business producing Epsicles in seven fruit flavors.
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1905
Ruben Garrett Lucius Goldberg (1883-1970), anthropologist aka Rube Goldberg, was hired by the San Francisco Chronicle as a sports cartoonist. He became renowned as the comic inventor of complex machines to do simple tasks. In 1948 he received a Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning.
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1905
The Sentinel Building was constructed in San Francisco just before the earthquake. The 8-story steel-framed "flatiron" structure with a copper dome at Columbus and Kearney was designed by Salfield & Kohlberg for the notorious political boss Abe Reuf. Reuf was later sent to San Quentin for his transgressions. In 1973 film director Francis Ford Coppola purchased the building for $500,000. In 1970 the building was named as a city landmark.
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1905
In San Francisco’s Dogpatch area the Edwardian style house at 1061 Tennessee was built. In 2009 half of it was offered for sale as an 1,159 square-foot condo at $679,000.
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1905
In San Francisco the 8-story Grant Building 1095 Market Street was constructed. It was named after Joseph D. Grant, a local financier and industrialist. The interior was ravaged by the fire that followed the 1906 earthquake and major renovations were made.
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1905
In San Francisco the Burdette Building was built at 90 Second St. and opened as a saloon. It was the only structure for block to survive the 1906 SF earthquake.
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1905
In San Francisco the 2-storey, Gothic style St. Francis Lutheran Church was built at 152 Church St.
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1905
The SF Chronicle launched an all-out crusade against the Japanese warning that an invasion of “the little brown men” constituted a grave peril to California.
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1905
San Francisco’s bubonic plague appeared to be eradicated following the killing of tens of thousands of rats and the fumigation of Chinatown. The death toll reached 113.
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1905
In San Francisco the Bell Theater was completed at 1125 Market St. It was later renamed the Embassy Theater. The theater later also known as the American, The Rialto and the Rivoli. It was red-tagged after the October 17, 1989, earthquake.
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1906 Mar
In San Francisco Shreve & Co., a high-end jeweler, moved into a 12-story steel frame building at 200 Post St. The structure survived the upcoming earthquake. In 1992 the company was bought by Schiffman’s of North Carolina. In 2015 the company lost its lease and was in search of a new home.
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1906 Apr 18
5:12 a.m. the San Francisco 8.2 earthquake occurred. Seismologists in 1977 reduced the magnitude to 7.9. 28,000 buildings were destroyed and 498 blocks leveled. One quarter of the city burned. About 700 people died. The massive earthquake was felt from Oregon to Los Angeles and as far inland as Nevada. It caused severe damage and loss of life in the San Francisco Bay area, and a three-day fire spawned by the shaking reduced 4.7 square miles of the city to blackened ruins. Military officials estimated $400 million of damage and a total of 700-800 killed. Modern research estimates that closer to 3,000 of San Francisco's 400,000 inhabitants lost their lives. Sweeney Observatory in Goldengate Park was destroyed. Some 30,000 people were left homeless and lived in GG Park for up to a year and a half. The quake was centered in Olema. Old City Hall at Fulton and Larkin was destroyed. In 2001 Dan Kurzman authored "Disaster: The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906."
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1906 Apr 18
In SF residents on Russian Hill saved 5 homes on Green Street between Jones and Leavenworth from fire and dynamite crews.
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1906 Apr 18
San Francisco firefighters, with the assistance of the US Navy, managed to drag a single fire hose from a pumper in the bay, over the shoulder of Telegraph Hill, over a mile to the Jackson Street warehouses. Navy Lt. Frederick Freeman led efforts that saved Anson Hotaling’s Whiskey warehouses at 451 and 455 Jackson street. Nearby Jones Alley was later renamed Hotaling Way.
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1906 Apr 20
In San Francisco Navy Lt. Frederick Freeman led his sailors in holding a line against advancing flames at Chestnut and Lombard and Pier 27 saving the city’s northeast waterfront. In 2005 Dennis Smith authored “San Francisco Is Burning: The Untold Story of the 1906 Earthquake and Fires.”
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1906 Apr 22
The SF Health Office reported that about 500 bodies had been recovered from the earthquake and fire. Insurance losses were estimated at $175 million and total losses at $300 million.
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1906 Apr 22
Dennis Sullivan, SF Fire Chief, severely injured in the April 18 earthquake, died of his injuries.
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1906 Jul 1
In San Francisco St. Ignatius College held a formal inauguration ceremony for a new campus site, its 4th, at Hayes and Shrader. Since the earthquake 18 SI Jesuits took up temporary residence at the 57-room mansion of Mrs. Bertha Welch at 1090 Eddy Street.
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1906 Aug 27
In SF Colbert Coldwell (23) and 2 partners, Albert Nion Tucker (36) and John Conant Lynch (55), opened a real estate office at 53 Post St. In 1913 his 2 partners left and Coldwell invited Benjamin Arthur Banker (28) to join his firm.
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1906 Sep
1907 Feb
In San Francisco 5,610 fir and redwood shacks were built during this period to provide housing for earthquake refugees. They were placed in rows at 11 refugee camps and rented for $2 per month.
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1906 Oct 11
The San Francisco school board ordered the segregation of Oriental schoolchildren, inciting Japanese outrage. To counter local prejudice David Starr Jordan, Stanford’s 1st president, David Pike Bowie, a San Mateo Japanophile, and Japanese General Consul Kisaburo Ueno soon formed a chapter of the Japan Society to foster bilateral understanding. The order was later rescinded at the behest of President Theodore Roosevelt, who promised to curb future Japanese immigration to the United States. In 2017 the SF school board voted to rescind the rule.
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1906 Oct 19
The crew of Roald Amundsen aboard Gjoe, a converted herring boat, arrived off the coast of San Francisco following their crossing of the Northwest Passage in a 26-month journey.
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1906
Arthur and Lucia Matthews opened their Furniture Shop in the California Street home of John Zeile in order to contribute to the aesthetic rebuilding of SF following the earthquake. The shop closed in 1920.
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1906
In SF Purcell’s Negro dance hall opened at 550 Pacific St. and Sid LeProtti began playing there. It w3as one of the first buildings erected following the earthquake and fire.
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1906
The California Federation of Women’s clubs began a campaign to mark the missionary route of El Camino Real with cast-iron bells. They were installed along El Camino Real from San Diego to Sonoma and included a route along the east side of the SF Bay. The first bell was erected in San Diego. SF got the 13th bell. By 1913 at least 450 bells had been installed. The project was rejuvenated in 1963 and again in 2004.
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1906
In San Francisco the 16-story Whittell Building was constructed at 166 Geary Street.
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1906
The 85-foot Mile Rocks lighthouse at the entrance to the SF Bay was completed. In 1965 the Coast Guard decided to replace it with a cheaper automated light station.
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1906
In San Francisco a restaurant was built at 441 Pine and featured a scabbard-wearing man holding a serving platter with a boar’s head over his head. In 2014 it was demolished to make way for a 19-story office tower.
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1907 Feb
In San Francisco Dr. Edward Robeson Taylor (1838-1923) married Eustice Jeffers (27), the daughter of an old friend. Taylor, a lawyer and a doctor, was named mayor of the city on July 16.
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1907 Mar 20
A San Francisco grand jury returned a 66-count indictment against Abe Ruef and two executives of a Bell system telephone company who had bribed him.
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1907 May 5
San Francisco streetcar workers of the Carmen’s Union went on strike after Patrick Calhoun, president of the United Railroads, refused to accept a $3 per 8-hour day wage. Calhoun induced the strike and hired James Farley to break the union. The strike ended up leaving 31 people dead.
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1907 May 15
In San Francisco Abe Reuf pleaded guilty to charges of extortion.
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1907 May 27
Bubonic Plague broke out again in San Francisco.
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1907 Jul 8
SF Mayor Eugene Schmitz was sentenced to 5 years in San Quentin for graft and bribery, but the conviction was later overturned. Others were forced out of office for accepting bribes from the telephone company, gas company, trolley company, local skating rinks and boxing promoters. Dr. Charles A. Boxton (d.1927) admitted to taking bribes and was granted immunity by District Attorney W.H. Langdon for his testimony. Boxton was then appointed temporary mayor for one week in place of Mayor Schmitz and then resigned. The Native Sons of California promptly struck Boxton from their rolls. Schmitz was later elected to the SF Board of Supervisors. One of the bribes was a $200,000 payment to the SF supervisors from Patrick Henry Calhoun, president of the United Railroads, which operated nearly all of the city’s public transit lines.
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1907 Sep 8
San Francisco’s Cliff House again burned down. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1909.
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1907 Sep
The Cosmopolitan magazine published the epic poem “A Wine of Wizardry” by George Sterling (1869-1926). The poem and accompanying essay by Ambrose Bierce sparked critical reaction across the continent. Sterling, Jack London’s best friend, was the scion of a Long Island whaling family and worked in an East Bay real estate firm.
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1907 Sep
By this time some 55 new cases of bubonic plague were identified in San Francisco and the issue became a national concern.
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1907
Mario Ciampi, architect, was born in San Francisco.
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1907
In SF the Elevated Shops building was constructed at 150 Powell St. It later became the wrapping for 29 condominiums.
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1907
The SF bribery trial against Patrick Calhoun, president of the United Railroads, ended with a hung jury.
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1907
In SF a 14-story, 71,345-square-foot building, designed by George Applegarth, was completed at Market and New Montgomery. In 2007 it sold for some $26 million.
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1907
In SF the city’s International Hotel, destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire, was rebuilt at 848 Kearny. By the 1920s it became part of the 10-block Filipino American enclave known as Manilatown.
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1907
The San Francisco Brewing Company established a facility at 155 Columbus Ave, South San Francisco.
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1907
In SF the building at 261 Columbus, designed by Oliver Everett, was completed. It later became the home of City Lights Bookstore.
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