Cliff House Project

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Fire!

On September 7th, 1907 the Cliff House caught fire while being remodeled and burned completely to the foundation...

 

 

 

 

postcard, postmarked Oct 2, 1907

Reverse: "The powers that be seem determined to clean out the old town and give us a greater and better one."

 


W.E. Worden

 

 

 




An alternate crop from the same negative, courtesy of Dennis O'Rorke
 

 


San Francisco Public Library Collection

 


San Francisco Public Library Collection

 

Aftermath...

 

(The below is a close-up of the above image - hover mouse to see dimensions of building)

 

 


San Francisco Public Library Collection

 


Scanned from 4.5" x 6" copy film negative, purchased from Marilyn Blaisdell collection
"Photographer: T.E. Hecht (1875-1937)
Provenance: Image derives from the Wyland Stanley Collection of historical memorabilia which included thousands of photographs and antique negatives.
The entire collection was purchased by Marilyn Blaisdell in the late 1970s."

 


 

 

 


 


Image courtesy of Dennis O'Rorke

 

 


Courtesy of Mary Hountalas


 


Zoom in on this for great detail of the rubble
Courtesy of the Jim Dickson Collection

 


Courtesy of the Jim Dickson Collection

 


 


Image courtesy of Dennis O'Rorke

 

 


view from one year later


reverse
 

 

 

 

All that remains...


The above charred stump is all that remains of the 1896 Cliff House.
Taken 10-19-06 by John Martini
 


The red arrow indicates the location of the stump.
 


The red dot indicates the approximate location of the support.

 

 

 


San Francisco Examiner - 8 Sept 1907

 


   
The San Francisco Call - Sept 8, 1907
 

 


SF Chronicle - Sep 8 1907

 

 



Oakland Tribune - Sept 8, 1907
(for full page pdf documents, click here:  page 1page 2)

 


New York Times - Sept 8, 1907

 


San Francisco Chronicle - Sept 9, 1907
Courtesy of the Jim Dickson Collection
(This is an unusual view angle, most likely taken from Fisherman's Rock)
 

 


San Francisco Call - Sept 9, 1907

 


Los Angeles Herald - 9 Sept 1907

 


THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL - SEPTEMBER 14, 1907

 


San Francisco Call - 14 Sept 1907

 


San Francisco Call - 18 October 1907

 

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