Drumm Street

Drumm-de-Drumm-Drumm! That’s the theme to the old television show ‘Dragnet’. On the first Saturday I took off work since December, I rode BART into San Francisco and got off at the Market, California, and Drumm Streets stop at Embarcadero. Drumm Street used to extend six blocks from Market Street to the Embarcadero at Broadway, but most of the buildings built on Drumm, except for the Western side between California and Sacramento, have been demolished for the Embarcadero Center, Maritime Plaza, and the apartments between Jackson Street and Broadway. The street may have lost its character, (Herb Caen once wrote that there was a building called the Fife Building on Drumm Street) but it’s a lot more people friendly today. (Thumbnail images)

There was a cool picture of a drawing in the San Francisco Chronicle recently of a 1961 artist’s rendition of what the BART Transbay Tube was going to look like.


Looking down California Street toward Drumm Street in 1948: That’s the Southern Pacific Building in the background. (opensfhistory.org)

Pedestrians crossing Drumm Street at Market Street in 1925: (opensfhistory.org)

A cable car passing across Drumm Street, heading to Nob Hill in 1961: I did an update of this picture last year, but I felt like redoing it on Saturday. (San Francisco Picture Blog)


General De Gaulle’s motorcade turns of Drumm Street onto California Street during his 1961 visit to San Francisco. All of the buildings in the background, other than the Southern Pacific Building, peeking over the top on the left, have been demolished.






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