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This is Old St. Hilary's Church. The church was built in 1888 as a place of worship for the local railroad workers, many of whom were Portuguese immigrants. It was constructed with a redwood exterior and interior, and the ceiling was made from Douglas-fir. The church is sited on a hillside with grand views overlooking San Francisco Bay, Belvedere Island, and the Golden Gate. The building is one of the few California examples of buildings created using the Carpenter Gothic style of construction to remain in its original condition and setting. The church was eventually deconsecrated, and it was saved from demolition by the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society which purchased the building in 1959. This view is looking north.
Old St. Hilary's Church.
NOW This photo was taken from Belvedere Island, and it is looking east towards Tiburon. The undeveloped land seen on the hillside is the Old St. Hilary's Open Space Preserve. A white building is noticeable at the lower right side of the Old St. Hilary's Open Space Preserve. Yes, that is Old St. Hilary's Church.
THEN Old St. Hilary's Church as seen from above Beach Road, Belvedere. The view is looking southeast. Francis Joseph Bruguiere took this picture in 1907.
Here is a photograph of Angel Island as seen from the Old St. Hilary's Open Space Preserve. Visible ahead is Hospital Cove. There is a pier sited within the cove and ferry services to Angel Island are available from San Francisco, Sausalito, and Tiburon. The picture is looking south, and San Francisco is visible across San Francisco Bay.
This photo from the Old St. Hilary's Open Space Preserve is looking east across San Franciso Bay. The cities of Richmond, El Cerrito, Kensington, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, and the northern part of Oakland are discernable within this photograph.
This photo was taken from the Old St. Hilary's Open Space Preserve. This view is looking northwest, and beautiful Mount Tamalpais overlooks the scene.
Here is a photograph of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge as seen from the Old St. Hilary's Open Space Preserve. The picture is looking north.
This is a view of the northern boundary of the Old St. Hilary's Open Space Preserve. Housing occupies the hillside.
Here is another view of the northern boundary of the Old St. Hilary's Open Space Preserve.
THEN There are six ships under construction in this picture of the Marinship shipyard. Harbor Point is visible in the background. This picture is looking north and it is circa 1944.
THEN There are eight ships under construction in this picture of the Marinship shipyard. Ahead is Belvedere Island; behind Belvedere Island is the Tiburon Peninsula. This picture is looking east and it is circa 1944.
NOW This is an overview of the Marinship shipyard location. This picture of the Marinship site was taken from the Marin Headlands, and the view is looking north. This photograph was taken on 31 March 2005.
This photograph was taken from the west side of Belvedere. The view is looking south.
This is a view from Belvedere looking west across Richardson Bay. Sausalito is ahead.
This lovely artwork is at the entryway to a home located on the west side of Belvedere.
This is a photo of the southern portion of the Tiburon Peninsula, it was taken from the east side of Belvedere.
NOW This photo of Camp Reynolds was taken from a ferry traveling from San Francisco to Sausalito on 13 August 2016.
THEN This photo of Camp Reynolds was taken in 1890. Some of these buildings are still standing. This view is looking southeast. The brick warehouse is not visible in this photograph, it is just out of view on the right side of the photo.
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