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Anika is a German journalist, digital strategist and local expert on San Francisco, interested in all past and present history of the city.

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Civic Center of San Francisco โ€“ The War Memorial Opera House and Veterans Building – dedicated September 9, 1932

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Civic Center of San Francisco โ€“ The War Memorial Opera House and Veterans Building – dedicated September 9, 1932

Before mentioning the outstanding structures that comprise the War Memorial Opera House and its adjoining Veterans Building, mention should be made of the State Building, completed in 1923, which rises on McAllister Street and which is quite consonant in design with the rest of the Civic Center.

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Civic Center of San Francisco โ€“ The Main Public Library – dedicated February 15, 1917ย 

May 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Civic Center of San Francisco โ€“ The Main Public Library – dedicated February 15, 1917ย 

An appropriate inscription over the main entrance to this building was composed by former Mayor Edward R. Taylor and reads as follows: The Public Library of the City and County of San Francisco. Founded 1878. Erected, 1916. May this structure, throned upon imperishable books, be maintained and cherished from generation to generation for the improvement […]

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Civic Center of San Francisco โ€“ The City Hall – dedicated December 29, 1915

May 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Civic Center of San Francisco โ€“ The City Hall – dedicated December 29, 1915

San Francisco has had five city halls, which have culminated in the present noble structure.

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Civic Center of San Francisco โ€“ Exposition Auditorium 1915

May 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Civic Center of San Francisco โ€“ Exposition Auditorium 1915

Among the Architectural distinctions that belong to San Francisco are those that have been awarded it because of its beautiful Civic Center; it has frequently been noted that the city is the proud possessor of one of the most outstanding group of governmental and cultural structures in the nation, surpassed only, if indeed at all, […]

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PPIE โ€“ย  Creation of a City in a City โ€“ Part 2

May 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
PPIE โ€“ย  Creation of a City in a City โ€“ Part 2

When on January 31, 1911, the House of Representatives voted, 188-159, to make San Francisco the official site of the Panama Pacific International Exposition, had the victory not come lightly or without much strategy and planning on the part of determined San Franciscans.

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The Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 โ€“ Part 1

May 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 โ€“ Part 1

โ€ฆ Smiling at Fortuneโ€™s Golden Kiss, A great, new-born metropolis That stands, beneath its sun-lit skies, A monument to Enterprise โ€ฆ Exposition slogan from poem by David W. Taylor

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Three Years after the 1906 Quake

April 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Three Years after the 1906 Quake

Although the amount of insurance could never completely cover all property and personal losses in a disaster of such first magnitude as that of 1906 in San Francisco, it did provide instant means, when, as happened in some cases, it was promptly collected and put to use.

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1906: The First Phase of Reconstruction

April 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
1906: The First Phase of Reconstruction

The ruins of San Francisco had hardly cooled before the first phase of reconstruction, necessarily a negative one, began: this consisted in the removal of debris, ruined stone walls, and masses of twisted steel.

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1906: The Rebuild of a Great City

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
1906: The Rebuild of a Great City

Since relief measures are meant to be but temporary, the real test of San Francisco was to come with the emergence of the multiplicity of problems that were the cityโ€™s, when reconstruction was discussed.

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The Aftermath of the 1906 Quake in San Francisco

April 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Aftermath of the 1906 Quake in San Francisco

As might have been expected, there were several examples of thieves at work while the city was in its hours of crisis.

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