One of my favorite websites is called FoundSF.org. It has such great articles about San Francisco and all of its colorful history. Sometimes when i am bored, i go to it to just read. My ancestors were some of the founders of San Francisco. I did not learn this fact until i was the age of 19, at which point i began studying San Francisco history as well as my own lineage.
When i came across this article this morning, i could not believe how perfect it was… like it was written just for me!
I have always had trouble understanding just how my ancestors lives influenced my own. It is several generations away and clearly lifestyles have changed greatly. But i feel the past. I feel my relatives around me. They push me to become a better person and to continue to be proud of the Koshland name as well as my closely related relatives. Continue reading →
I would like to thank FoundSF.org for allowing me to share a great photo essay showing what a re-development compromise (mind you a very VERY tiny victory for this poor Fillmore neighborhood destroyed by the SF Redevelopment Agency) can look like. Pretty crazy to think of them up and moving these homes over several blocks so to be able to build the geary cut. I also find it kind of interesting that they chose (at least a few of them) to be really unremarkable and plain victorians. I know what this city has to offer and these have got to have been built with the low bargin bid developers because they are barely victorians minus the bay windows and the railroad flat floorplans, when i know that they demolished some beautiful full gingerbreaded doll houses and chose to save these. Well… at least they saved something!
In the mid-1970s the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency stopped the wholesale destruction of venerable Victorian buildings. Instead, they picked them up and moved them around the neighborhood. One well-known example is the building that housed Jimbo’s Bop Cityon Post Street which was moved to its current location on Fillmore near Sutter, housing Marcus Books.
In 1976-1977 Dave Glass took these remarkable photos of the Victorians on the move.