purchases Cliff House
San Francisco Cal - Dec 1 1936
The San Francisco Examiner - 8 Dec 1936
San Francisco Cal - Dec 15 1936
Piru News - 24 Dec 1936
The San Francisco Examiner - 5 Feb 1937
"John Doe Ihara, operator of a tea room on the Cliff House terrace"
San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 6 1937
"Al C. Hunds, formerly of Taits, is manager."
Note: neon signs
installed in remodel
PG & E Progress,
In an interview with
John Martini, George Whitney Jr. said his dad used to go into the closed
Cliff House during the early Depression and fantasize about reopening it.
He used to borrow the key to the CH from "the Sutros", go into the main
dining room and pull up a chair in the southwest corner where he could
look over Ocean Beach and Playland, and dream about expanding the Whitney
empire, which of course is exactly what he did.
Approximately 1937 (based on a similar photo
in the SFPL collection)
Approximately 1940, courtesy John Martini
WWII contest for Irving
Image courtesy of Dennis O'Rorke