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The building name appears in newspaper articles and city directories exclusively as “Seal Rock House” from 1887 until 1905. From 1906 until 1910 the name appears alternately in papers and directories as both “House” and Hotel.”  Then, from 1911 until is demolition, it’s once again “Seal Rock House.”  - John Martini  (5/9/2022)

 


"LONG BRANCH"
1870's Seal Rock House, Long Branch (wnp26.706)

 


"SEAL ROCK HOUSE AND OCEAN VIEW PAVILION""
1896 Seal Rock House, Wasp Dec 1896

 


"SEAL ROCK HOTEL"
(WNPCHP)

 


"Seal Rock House"
Source: SFPL (link)

 


Courtesy of Frank Mitchell
(reverse)

 


"SEAL ROCK HOTEL"  "JACK JOHNSON'S HEADQUARTERS"
ebay image (reverse)
 


"The photo of Johnson was taken in 1910 in San Francisco when he was training for the Jeffries fight in Reno. Johnson is out front of the Seal Rock House below the SF Cliff House on Ocean Blvd.  He loved to race up and down the blvd, and through golden gate park."
Ebay image & description

 

Timeline

DATE

NAME

SOURCE

1858c

[Constructed]

1860 Seal Rock House City Items, “along the Ocean Beach to the Seal Rock House,” Daily Alta California, 10-30-1860
1864 Seal Rock House Court Proceedings, “shooting himself through the head, at the Seal Rock House,” Daily Alta California, 3-4-1864
1869 Seal Rock House A "GRAYBACK" WASHED ON SHORE, SF Chronicle, 3-30-1869
1869 Seal Rock House A Narrow Escape, SF Chronicle, 4-8-1869
1869 Seal Rock House SERIOUS AFFRAY YESTERDAY, SF Chronicle, 8-27-1869
1869 Seal Rock House A Grand Social Entertainment, SF Chronicle, 9-24-1869
1873 Seal Rock House For Sale – Seal Rock House, apply to W.F. Swasey, SF Chronicle, 12-21-1873
1874 Seal Rock House For Sale – Seal Rock House, apply to S. Brannan, SF Chronicle, 1-14-1874
1874 Seal Rock Hotel For Sale – The Seal Rock Hotel “with five acres… S. Brannan,” 4-17-1874
1875 Long Branch Hotel To Let or For Sale – The Long Branch Hotel, “apply to Berry & Capp,” SF Chronicle, 2-27-1875
1875 Long Branch Hotel WE WILL OFFER FOR SALE, The Long Branch Hotel, Formerly known as the SEAL ROCK HOUSE, “John Middleton & Son, Auctioneers,” Daily Alta California, 4-10-1875
1877 Seal Rock House Wet and Dry Seasons, “Driven to the Seal Rock House,” SF Chronicle, 2-2-1877
1881 Long Branch Hotel The Becker Inquest, “who was killed at the Long Branch Hotel Last Sunday,” Daily Alta California, 8-8-1881
1883 Long Branch Hotel The City, “falling from the roof of a barn near the Long Branch Hotel,” Daily Alta California, 12-13-1883
1884 Long Branch House A Coat Thief Convicted, “in the billiard-room of the Long Branch house, Daily Alta California, 1-8-1884
1884 Long Branch House A Stolen Ride, “Berry’s horse, which he had taken from the front of the Long Branch House,” SF Chronicle, 2-28-1884
1884 Long Branch House Death From A Fracture, “a hostler employed at the Long Branch House,” SF Chronicle, 4-29-1884
1885

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(no entries in city directory)

1886 Long Branch Hotel 1886 SF City Directory: Long Branch Hotel
1887 Seal Rock House -DR. McDONALD REPLIES, “committed adultery at the Seal Rock House,” SF Chronicle, 12-21-1887

- 1887 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

1888 Seal Rock House 1888 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House
1889 Seal Rock House - Sporting Notes, “gone into training at the Seal Rock House,” SF Chronicle, 7-26-1889

- 1889 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

1890 Seal Rock House 1890 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House
1891 Seal Rock House - KILRAIN-GODFREY: The Pugilists Sign for Their Contest, “Seal Rock House where Muldoon has selected his training quarters,” 1-30-1891

- 1891 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

1892 Seal Rock House 1892 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House
1893 Seal Rock House 1893 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House
1894 Seal Rock House 1894 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House
1895 Seal Rock House - The Scheutzen Banquet, “Scheutzen Club were banqueted at the Seal Rock House,” SF Chronicle, 8-8-1895

- 1895 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

1896 Seal Rock House - A Great Contest, “Sharkey is training at the Seal Rock House,” SF Chronicle, 3-7-1896

- 1896 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

1897 Seal Rock House - A Japanese Outing on the Ocean Beach, “banqueted in the spacious dining hall of the Seal Rock House, SF Chronicle, 6-29-1897

- 1897 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

1898 Seal Rock House - City News, “a fire which took place at the Seal Rock House,” SF Chronicle, 1-1-1898

- 1898 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

1899 Seal Rock House - Fighters Get Down to Hard Training, “Green is at the Seal Rock House,” SF Chronicle, 11-4-1899

- 1899 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

1900 Seal Rock House - Good Fights Are Assured, “Moffat is at the Seal Rock House,” SF Chronicle, 9-8-1900

- 1900 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

1901 Seal Rock House - Marksmen at Banquet, “at the Seal Rock House last evening,” SF Chronicle, 9-29-1901

- 1901 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

1902 Seal Rock House - O’Brien Fails To Get His Freedom, “went into the Seal Rock House,” SF Chronicle, 11-13-1902

- 1902 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

1903 Seal Rock House - Bunko Men Had a Stranger Going, “yesterday afternoon out at the Seal Rock House,” SF Chronicle, 2-19-1903

- 1903 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

1904 Seal Rock House Both Fighters In Fine Shape, “at the Seal Rock House,” SF Chronicle, 12-14-1904
1905 Seal Rock House 1905 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House
1906 Seal Rock Hotel 1906 SF City Directory: Seal Rock Hotel
1907 Seal Rock Hotel 1907 SF City Directory: Seal Rock Hotel
1908 Seal Rock Hotel 1908 SF City Directory: Seal Rock Hotel
1909 Seal Rock House - Burglars Baffled, “Brockman of the Seal Rock House,” SF Chronicle, 9-10-1909

- 1909 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

1909 Seal Rock Hotel Is Drugged and Robbed at Beach, “wine from the Seal Rock Hotel,” SF Chronicle, 10-24-1909
1910 Seal Rock House -Jack Johnson Stands with Promoter, “instead of at the Seal Rock House,” SF Chronicle, 1-17-1910

-1910 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

1910 Seal Rock Hotel Little Serves Notice on Johnson, “Muirhead, who conducts the Seal Rock Hotel,” SF Chronicle, 6-11-1910
1911 Seal Rock House Ad Wolgast Boxes, “ten rounds at the Seal Rock House,” 3-29-1911
1911 Seal Rock Hotel - Seal Rock Hotel On the Ocean Beach, “Refreshments of All Kind,” SF Chronicle, 4-3-1911

- 1911 SF City Directory: Seal Rock Hotel

1912 Seal Rock House 1912 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House
1913 Seal Rock House 1913 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House
1914 Seal Rock House 1914 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House
1915 Seal Rock House - Fire Does Damage to Old Landmark, “Seal Rock House … May Have Been Burned by Firebug,” SF Chronicle, 2-2-1915

- 1915 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

1916 Seal Rock House 1916 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House
1917 Seal Rock House 1917 SF City Directory: Seal Rock House

John Martini  (5/9/2022)