Cliff House Project

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Fire!

On September 7th, 1907 the Cliff House caught fire while being remodeled and burned completely to the foundation...

 

 

 

 

postcard, postmarked Oct 2, 1907

Reverse: "The powers that be seem determined to clean out the old town and give us a greater and better one."

 


W.E. Worden

 

 

 




An alternate crop from the same negative, courtesy of Dennis O'Rorke
 

 


San Francisco Public Library Collection

 


San Francisco Public Library Collection

 

Aftermath...

 

(The below is a close-up of the above image - hover mouse to see dimensions of building)

 

 


San Francisco Public Library Collection

 


Scanned from 4.5" x 6" copy film negative, purchased from Marilyn Blaisdell collection
"Photographer: T.E. Hecht (1875-1937)
Provenance: Image derives from the Wyland Stanley Collection of historical memorabilia which included thousands of photographs and antique negatives.
The entire collection was purchased by Marilyn Blaisdell in the late 1970s."

 


 

 

 


 


Image courtesy of Dennis O'Rorke

 

 


Courtesy of Mary Hountalas


 


Zoom in on this for great detail of the rubble
Courtesy of the Jim Dickson Collection


 



Image courtesy of John Martini

The metal beams in the foreground are the support structure that covered the driveway under building, supporting the floors above.


Rendering by John Hall,  4/21/2020
 

 


Courtesy of the Jim Dickson Collection

 


 

 


Image courtesy of Dennis O'Rorke



Image courtesy of Dennis O'Rorke

 

 


view from one year later


reverse
 

 

 

 

All that remains...


The above charred stump is all that remains of the 1896 Cliff House.
Taken 10-19-06 by John Martini
 


The red arrow indicates the location of the stump.
 


The red dot indicates the approximate location of the support.

 

 

 

- Newspaper Clippings -

 


San Francisco Examiner - 8 Sept 1907

 


   
The San Francisco Call - Sept 8, 1907
 

 


San Francisco Chronicle - Sep 8 1907  (pdf)

 

 

San Francisco Chronicle - Sep 8 1907

 



Oakland Tribune - Sept 8, 1907  p1
(pdf:  page 1page 18)

 


The Oregon Daily Journal - Sep 8, 1907

 


San Francisco Call - Sept 9, 1907  (pdf)

 


Los Angeles Herald - 9 Sept 1907

 


San Francisco Examiner - Sept 9 1907

 


San Francisco Chronicle - Sep 9 1907

 


Oakland Tribune - Sep 9 1907

 


Santa Cruz Sentinel - Sep 10, 1907

 


The San Francisco Examiner - Sep 11 1907
Union reimburses carpenters

 


The Sacramento Star - Sep 13 1907

 


THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL - SEPTEMBER 14, 1907

 


The San Francisco Examiner - Sep 14 1907 p1

 

Engineer H. J. Temple added to "Book of Meritorius Conduct"
 


San Francisco Call - 14 Sept 1907


The San Francisco Examiner - Sep 14 1907

 


The San Francisco Call - Sep 16 1907


 


San Francisco Call - 18 October 1907

 

 

Interesting story from two years earlier...


San Francisco Chronicle - 06 May 1905