|The Victorian Cliff House was not without
controversy in its time. It had its share of detractors...
"Like everything else
fashioned by the mind and taste of the late Mr. Sutro, it was a thing of
complicated and amazing ugliness."
--The Argonaut, September 14, 1907.
Vol. LXI, No. 1590.
And a letter writer in the same issue...
"Of the thousands who, on
last Sunday morning, opened their paper and read 'Famous Cliff House Is
Totally Destroyed by Fire,' were there, do you think, a score who did not
ejaculate 'Thank Heaven!'?
architecture, its ungainly proportions, its dirty corridors and opaque
windows, its wretched cuisine, its musical instruments of torture, its
approaches lined with either cheap or deserted booths---all have made hideous
a spot which Nature meant to be beautiful."
the beauty of the most picturesque and romantic spot on the Pacific Coast has
been heightened by the erection of a wooden bird cage and a half-gross
assortment of triangles."
Part of a whole
page of Victorian architecture similarly ridiculed. ("Chaos Avenue: An
Architect's Nightmare") From "The Wave", March 20, 1897, pg. 6.
San Francisco Call - 9 Sept 1907
REPORT ON A PLAN FOR SAN FRANCISCO,
BY DANIEL H. BURNHAM
"The Cliff House should be
condemned, removed and a concourse providing some slight shelter
substituted, thus opening to the view the sweep of the headlands to
the north and the ocean from the Cliff House road."
Created from the original scanned document by Jacques
Servin, posted here with his permission