08 March 2018

San Francisco: March 2018

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A view looking east from Harrison Street, the cross street is The Embarcadero. This is the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.



Looking eastward at San Francisco Bay. The Berkeley Hills are in the distance, and Yerba Buena Island is ahead.  


This view is from Broadway, looking west. Ahead is the east portal of the Broadway TunnelAre you interested in seeing a photo of the west portal of the Broadway Tunnel? If so, go here to view the 21 January 2018 edition of this photoblog; it is the eleventh photo on the blog.

A view from The Embarcadero looking northwest. The forty-five story skyscraper is known as Four Embarcadero Center. It is a part of the Embarcadero Center a six-building complex built in the Financial District. Construction of the complex began in 1971, and the work was completed in 1989.


This sculpture is known as Cupid's Span; it was constructed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The work was installed in Rincon Park in 2002, which is adjacent to The Embarcadero. The view is looking west. 

This is Melbourne, Australia streetcar #496; it is traveling to Fisherman's Wharf via the SF Muni E-Embarcadero streetcar route. Streetcar #496 was constructed in Australia in 1928. I boarded this streetcar on 27 August 2017, at which time I participated in a twenty-five mile, four-hour streetcar tour of San Francisco. Go here to view that edition of this photoblog.

The Palace Hotel is located at the southeast corner of Market Street and New Montgomery Street. This is the second iteration of the hotel. The first building was destroyed during the earthquake and fire of 18 April 1906. This building began to accept guests on 19 December 1909.


This is a view looking west up Sacramento Street. The tall office building ahead is located at 505 Montgomery Street.  

This building is known as the Old San Francisco Mint. It became operational in 1874 and continued to operate until 1937 when a new mint located at 155 Hermann Street became functional. During the weekend of 3 and 4 March 2018, the Old Mint became a pop-up museum of San Francisco history.

La Taqueria Restaurant is located on Mission Street near Twenty-fifth Street. The restaurant always seems to be crowded; many people like the food and the vibrant activity. Below are three pictures I took inside the restaurant as I waited in line to order a quesadilla.





This is Saints Peter and Paul Church, it is located on Filbert Street in the North Beach neighborhood. Joe DiMaggio married Dorothy Arnold in this church in 1939. They were subsequently divorced in 1944. Then in 1954, Joe DiMaggio married Marilyn Monroe; that marriage took place in San Francisco's City Hall. Joe DiMaggio died at the age of 84 in Hollywood, Florida on 8 March 1999. His funeral took place in Saints Peter and Paul Church on 11 March 1999.
 
Construction of the Trans-Bay Tower is almost complete. It is 920 feet in height (326 meters) and has sixty-one floors. It is the tallest building in San Francisco and it is located at 415 Mission Street.

On John Street, looking east. The cross street is Powell Street. The upper portion of the Transamerica Pyramid is visible on the right.

The brick building on the right side of this photo is the old YMCA Hotel, which was built in 1928If you look closely at the brick building, you can see near the roofline some faded white paint stating 'YMCA ROOMS'. In June of 1960, I took a Greyhound bus across the country to visit California and San Francisco. I spent three days in San Francisco, and during that time I had a room in the YMCA Hotel. The hotel is located on The Embarcadero.


"A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lange 

"Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important." Henri Carter-Bresson

"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer." Ansel Adams

"The important thing is not the camera but the eye." Alfred Eisenstaedt

The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photos.

   A Sony camera was used to take these photographs.

Question or comment? I may be reached at neil@mishalov.com

24 February 2018

San Francisco – Chinatown, Tank Hill, Kite Hill, Billy Goat Hill & Mission Delores Park: February 2018

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A view looking east from Drumm Street near Clay Street. Salesforce Tower seen ahead is under construction. It is now the tallest building in San Francisco.


A Wells Fargo bank branch in downtown San Francisco.


A view of the north portal of the Stockton Street Tunnel. Would you like to see the south portal of the Stockton Street Tunnel? Go Here (it is the last photo in the group of photographs.)


A view in Chinatown.


Looking up Sacramento Street at Grant Avenue in Chinatown.


Waverly Place, Chinatown.


Grant Avenue, Chinatown.


This is the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The cornerstone was laid in 1911, and the building was dedicated in 1913. Edgar A. Mathews was the architect who designed the building. The church is located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Franklin Street and California Street.


A view looking north from the intersection of California Street and Larkin Street. People are waiting in line to have brunch at Olea Restaurant.


A view from Bush Street looking west. Van Ness Avenue is the cross street.


A view from Cole Street looking north. Ahead is St. Ignatius Church.


A view from Tank Hill looking northeast. Ahead is Mount Olympus and directly behind Mount Olympus is Buena Vista Park. Downtown San Francisco is visible in the distance.


A view from Tank Hill looking southeast. Potrero Hill is visible, and the City of Oakland may be seen across San Francisco Bay. The summit of Mount Diablo is detectable approximately 40 miles ahead.


This view is looking north from Kite Hill. Ahead is Corona Heights Park.


Here is a scene of Bernal Heights Hill. The picture was taken from Billy Goat Hilland the view is looking southeast.


This picture was taken from the summit of Tank Hill. The view is looking northwest.


Here is a view from Mission Dolores Park looking northeast. Mission High School is visible as is downtown San Francisco.


THEN This is a photo of Billy Goat Hill. The view is looking south. The photographer was standing on Castro Street at 29th Street. The photograph was taken in 1930.


NOW Two of the houses standing in 1930 are still standing today.


This is a view of the eastern flank of Twin Peaks. Sutro Tower is on the right.


A view of Market Street as it ascends the east side of Twin Peaks.


Looking down Twenty-fifth Street towards the Mission District.


Helen Diller Playground is located in Mission Dolores Park.


This is the entryway to the Mission Community Pool. It is the only City of San Franciso operated outdoor pool. It was constructed in 1916 and it is located in the Mission Recreation Center.


Street art in the Castro District.

Springtime in the San Francisco Bay Area.


"A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lange 

"Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important." Henri Carter-Bresson

"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer." Ansel Adams

"The important thing is not the camera but the eye." Alfred Eisenstaedt

The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photos.

   A Sony camera was used to take these photographs.

Question or comment? I may be reached at neil@mishalov.com

06 February 2018

The last remaining cable car barn in San Francisco: February 2018

Views of San Francisco, including the Mason Street cable car barn & powerhouse.

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The San Francisco cable car system was established in 1875. Between 1875 and 1890, there were twenty-three different cable car lines in San Francisco. There were also fourteen cable car barns and powerhouses that powered and housed the cable cars. Today three cable car lines remain in operation. The three operational lines are powered by the one remaining cable car powerhouse located on Mason Street between Jackson Street and Washington Street. Currently, active cable car lines are the Powell/Hyde Street route, the California Street route, and the Powell/Mason Street route. 
This picture shows cable car #18 traveling north on the Powell/Hyde Street route; it is heading down Hyde Street to the turnaround at Fisherman's Wharf. Alcatraz Island and Angel Island are visible in the background.
Andrew Smith Hallidie was the inventor of the San Francisco cable car system. He was born in London, England, on 16 March 1836, and he died in San Francisco on 24 April 1900.


Cable car #4 is cranking up Jackson Street on the Powell/Hyde Street route. Mount Diablo is visible in the distance.


This view from Washington Street shows the south side of the Mason Street Cable Car Barn and Powerhouse. The open entryway just below and to the left of the chimney is where the operational cable cars leave the barn in the morning. The cable cars reenter the barn in the evening on Jackson Street which is on the opposite side of the building. This view is looking east.


A view of the cable car barn area where cable cars are refurbished and repaired. This is cable car #50.


A cable car is being repaired and refurbished.


Cable cars in differing states of repair. Cable car #19 is identifiable.


Cable car #13 is in the shop.

A map of the three cable car routes 


Cable car #28 is rolling up Jackson Street on its way to the Hyde Street turnaround at Fisherman's Wharf.


Cable car #9 is heading down Washington Street to the Powell Street turnaround.


Cable car #10 turns to Powell Street on the Powell/Mason Street route. Its destination is the Powell Street turnaround.


Cable car #25 turns on to Mason Street and heads to the Mason Street turnaround. 


Here is cable car #1 traveling south down Powell Street. The cable car is within a few blocks of the Powell Street turnaround.


Cable car #60 is traveling on the California Street route. It is crossing Powell Street and is heading west on California Street to the terminal at Van Ness Avenue.


Cable car #14 is turning on to Jackson Street. It will travel one block on Jackson Street, then turn north on Mason Street to the Taylor Street turnaround.


Here is another view of cable car #1. It is now traveling north up Powell Street. 

Rick Laubscher is the president and founder of San Francisco's Market Street Railway. Amongst the endeavors of Market Street Railway is the preservation of San Francisco's historic streetcars and cable cars. 
This photo was taken on 3 February 2018, and Mr. Laubscher is at San Francisco's West Portal Branch Library, where he is talking about the history of Twin Peaks Tunnel. The streetcar tunnel commenced operation precisely one hundred years ago on 3 February 1918. The West Portal Branch Library is across the street from the west portal of Twin Peaks Tunnel
In celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Twin Peaks Tunnel, Mr. Laubscher wrote "Tunnel Vision," a splendid article about the significant benefits the tunnel has bestowed on the people of San Francisco. Mr. Laubscher has also authored "On Track: A Field Guide to San Francisco's Streetcars and Cable Cars." It is an impressive book about the many cable cars and streetcars that roll up, down, and around the streets of San Francisco.


THEN  A photo taken on 1 June 1951 at the west portal of Twin Peaks Tunnel. Car #150 was constructed in 1914, and Car #1001 was built in 1951. This photo is courtesy of Market Street Railway.


A view of the World War II Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Her keel was laid in Portland, Maine, on 6 May 1943, and she was launched on 19 June 1943. In 1994 she steamed from San Francisco to Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the invasion of Nazi-held Europe. She is docked at Fisherman's Wharf and is open for public viewing. 


This is the MS Costa Luminosa cruise ship. She entered service on 5 May 2009 and is now making a port call in San Francisco while on a world cruise. Her port of registry is Genoa, Italy.


A view of the north side of Telegraph Hill. Coit Tower is situated on the summit. 


The Grand Princess cruise ship was built in Italy in 1998, and San Francisco is her home port.


This picture was taken from Hawk Hill Park; the view is looking east. Mount Davidson plus the St Francis Wood neighborhood, the Forest Hill neighborhood, and the West Portal neighborhood are all visible. On the right in the distance is San Bruno Mountain.


A view from Ina Coolbrith Parkthe high point of Nob Hill. On the far right is the Transbay Tower, the tallest building in San Francisco. The Transamerica Pyramid, partially hidden by the trees, recently had the distinction of being the tallest building in San Francisco. 


This photo was taken from Hawk Hill Park in the Sunset District, and the view is looking down Rivera Street. Abraham Lincoln High School is visible, and if you look closely at the horizon, you can see the Farallon Islands, which are sited approximately 30 miles from the coast.

A view of the south portal of the Stockton Street Tunnel. Bush Street crosses just above this entryway. The tunnel was built to be an expedient method for streetcars to take people between downtown San Francisco and the Marina DistrictThe tunnel became operational on 29 December 1914 and continued to be used as a streetcar tunnel until 20 January 1950, when buses replaced the streetcar line. Would you like to see the north portal of the Stockton Street Tunnel? Go Here(It is the third photo in the group of photographs.)

Here is an additional posting about San Francisco streetcars:  Market Street Railway-Holiday decorations for a streetcar built in 1928 and a cable car built in 1887.


"A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera." Dorothea Lange 

"Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important." Henri Carter-Bresson

"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer." Ansel Adams

"The important thing is not the camera but the eye." Alfred Eisenstaedt

The first volume of the San Francisco Bay Area Photo Blog contains galleries of photographs that were posted on the Internet between 2002 and 2011. Click Here to view those photos.

   A Sony camera was used to take these photographs.

Question or comment? I may be reached at neil@mishalov.com