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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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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San Francisco 1906: Earthquake and Fire โ€“ Part 4

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San Francisco 1906: Earthquake and Fire โ€“ Part 4

Friday and Saturday were to bring some overdue respite from the two previous days; after continuing to burn during most of the day, the north fire died on Saturday morning when it simply ran out of combustible materials after being pretty well contained on the east side of Van Ness Avenue.

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San Francisco 1906: Earthquake and Fire โ€“ Part 3

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San Francisco 1906: Earthquake and Fire โ€“ Part 3

The first and most massive shock caused some small fires, and this same shock wrecked the electrical system controlling fire alarms because the Central Fire Alarm System, which was located on Brenham Place, directly behind Portsmouth Plaza, was among the first to go out of commission since the dry cell units, which were in jars […]

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The 4th and the “Great Fire” in San Francisco

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The 4th and the “Great Fire” in San Francisco

This fourth fire struck on Tuesday, September 17, 1850, when the block bounded by Montgomery, Washington, Dupont streets, and Pacific Avenue again when with a loss, though the least of any thus far.

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Fire No. 3 in San Francisco – June 1850

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Fire No. 3 in San Francisco – June 1850

The third fire was bigger if not better: It came on Friday, June 14, 1850 with a recorded loss of $5 million coupled with the destruction of yet another three hundred structures.

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The second Fire in San Francisco – May 1850

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The second Fire in San Francisco – May 1850

Several months passed until the next fire in San Francisco occurred. On Saturday morning, May 4, 1850, the same dread cry of โ€œfireโ€ rang out once more.

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