This is a follow up to my 4th, 5th, and 6th Streets post, which was a follow up to my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Streets post. It doesn’t getting any lower than that, (in street numbers). Most of these updates are where the streets intersect with Market Street; you don’t want to wander too far down 7th, 8th, or 9th Streets from Market Street, unless you enjoy seeing “the (bitter) angels of our nature”. (Thumbnail images)
7th Street at Mission Street, looking west along Mission in 1915: In a SOMA area heavily developed now, at least two buildings on the left have survived. (SFMTA Archives/San Francisco Picture Blog)
The old 7th Street Post Office Building, between Market and Mission Streets, circa 1905: They wouldn’t have had too many new-fangled automobiles on the old stone 7th Street back then. (opensfhistory.org)
Looking east along Market Street at 8th in 1941, where the much loved Crystal Palace Market was. Horse Doovers were a MacFarlane Candy confection, with a play on words for the French appetizer expression hors d’oeuvre. (San Francisco Picture Blog)
8th Street, looking toward the old City Hall near Market Street in 1905: The City Hall Building, located where the San Francisco Main Library is today, crumbled within minutes after the 1906 Earthquake. (opensfhistory.org)
Very little has changed looking east along Market Street since 1931; except for the Transamerica Pyramid and the Bank of America Buildings peeking out over the top on the picture right of the old Empire Hotel Building. (SFMTA Archives/San Francisco Picture Blog)
Looking west along Market Street at 9th in 1985; they were just beginning to run the old streetcars along Market Street back then. Twin Peaks are in the far background of both pictures. (San Francisco Picture Blog)
Only motorcycle parking is allowed now in front of the old Wells Manufacturing Company Building on 9th Street, south of Howard Street. The vintage picture is from 1951. (opensfhistory.org)
5 thoughts on “7th, 8th, and 9th Streets”
Some of these are strikingly similar. So much survived the Great Earthquake. Like so many disasters, we learn about what was destroyed more than what survived.
When I went to do the updates last Saturday, Tony, I was surprised at how many of the the buildings in the vintage pictures were still around. Hi tech development in this area south of Market Street has demolished so many of the old buildings.
Oh, I could have done without that last comment.
They call it progress, while overlooking art and history.
My great grandmother thought that it was nice that more than a million people get to enjoy living in the Santa Clara Valley like she did, but I do not get it. There is not much to enjoy there anymore.