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Sutro Baths

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Courtesy of Dennis O'Rorke




"10. SUTRO BATHS.  INTERIOR LOOKING NORTH."
Adolph Sutro & Ladies of National Medical Convention, June 8, 1894
(reference: San Francisco Call story, full page)
John Hall Collection


(close-up of above photo showing Adolph Sutro)

 


glass negative, sleeve labeled "Interior Sutro Baths SSU-47"  (envelope)
(WNPCHP)

 


"6679   Elevator Promenade.  Sutro Baths, San Francisco, Cal.  Taber Photo., San Francisco, Cal"
Courtesy of Glenn D Koch Collection

 


 


John Hall Collection


 


 


Courtesy of Glenn D Koch Collection


"107  Sutro Baths interior, looking east, San Francisco, Cal.   W.C. Billington, Photographer"
John Hall Collection

 


John Hall Collection

 


"Sutro Baths, looking east, May 1, 1896"
John Hall Collection

 


"Sutro Baths Interior, looking south.  May 1, 1897   W.C. Billington, Photographer"

 


 


"Binghamton (?) Boys playing at the Cliff House, San Francisco Cal."
(Band name is a best guess at this point.)
Courtesy of Glenn D Koch Collection
 


"Shooting the Shoots, Sutro Baths Cal."
Courtesy of Glenn D Koch Collection

 


(WNPCHP)
 

 


"In the Great Sutro Baths, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Copyright 1898 by Strohmeyer & Wyman"

 

 

 


Glenn D Koch Collection
(contact)

 


 

 


Interior Sutro Baths, San Francisco, U.S.A.
COPYRIGHT 1908 BY J. J. KILLELEA & CO.
Courtesy of Frank Mitchell

 


Entrance to Museum, Sutro Baths, San Francisco, U.S.A.
COPYRIGHT 1908 BY J. J. KILLELEA & CO.
Courtesy of Frank Mitchell

 


 


Credit: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Martin Behrman Collection
 

 

Courtesy of the Jim Dickson Collection

 


Courtesy of the Jim Dickson Collection

 


"CHAS. WEIDNER, Photographer" (on reverse)
 

 


reverse


reverse


reverse

 


Courtesy of Dennis O'Rorke

 


 


 


 


Sutro Baths - August 1915
John Hall Collection
 


 



 


Image courtesy of Dennis O'Rorke
(This same couple was also photographed in front of the Sutro Heights gate: link)

 


Photo from album, dated 1904

 


Scan courtesy of Dave D. (not related to individuals in photo)
(reverse: "Kids at Sutro's Aug 1918")

Dave D's recollections:  "I was born in San Francisco in 1952 and remember visiting the Museum and Ice Rink. As you descended the entry stairway towards the museum a left turn brought you to the ice rink entry stairwell. Just before reaching the stairwell there was a wooden case in the middle of the hallway about three feet tall and about three foot square. On top was a clear piece of glass that one could peer into and through a series of mirrors was able to look down a series of shafts that afforded a view of the ice rink from three floors above. I believe that the upper restaurant area at this time (in the early 1960's) was used for coin operated binoculars focused on Seal Rocks. The rear glass wall of the ice rink that was the separation from the old baths had a hand painted winter village scene across the entire wall. Kids would scratch off the paint to create peep holes for a view of the creepy old (haunted) baths. I've read that many of the curiosities purchased by Sutro came from Woodward's Gardens. The Baths were already closed when I was a boy but the Sutro Museum and Ice Skating Rink were still running. I had just turned 14 years old in 1966 when Sutros was lost to fire. The column of smoke drifted south over the Sunset district and headed south for Pacifica. It burned for three days. On the morning of the fourth day curiosity got the better of me, so my friend and I boarded an 18 Sloat and walked up the hill from Playland. The pit was still smoldering and yellow police tape was still surrounding the perimeter. Down below the tape was an old Sutro office cement vault room with the door open. Under the tape and down the hill we went. Inside the vault room was an 1800's hand painted safe about 5 feet tall and with the doors opened. it was empty of course except for a small box of Sutro Bath Admission tickets. The tickets were in decent shape considering the inferno they survived."

 


 

 

 


 

 



(reverse)


Second photograph from same shoot
Credit:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/Sutrobaths/

 

 


"1919" (rev)

 


"1919" (rev)


 



Sutro Baths
 


Sutro Baths

The above photos were of the same film roll (here), likely taken between 1947 and 1950
 

 

 


Sutro Baths, with pools drained

 

 

 


Image courtesy of Dan Fontes
 

 


Sutro Baths ice skating rink
San Francisco Chronicle image (link)