Cliff House Project

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George Whitney purchases Cliff House
1936
 


San Francisco Cal - Dec 1 1936

 


San Francisco Cal - Dec 15 1936

 


San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 6 1937

 

Note:  neon signs installed in remodel

 

 


PG & E Progress, April 1937

 

In an interview with John Martini, George Whitney Jr. said his dad used to go into the closed Cliff House during the early Depression and fantasize about reopening it.  He used to borrow the key to the CH from "the Sutros", go into the main dining room and pull up a chair in the southwest corner where he could look over Ocean Beach and Playland, and dream about expanding the Whitney empire, which of course is exactly what he did.


 


Approximately 1937 (based on a similar photo in the SFPL collection)

 


Approximately 1940, courtesy John Martini


 




 

 


 

 

WWII contest for Irving Sinclair painting

 


Image courtesy of Dennis O'Rorke
 

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