Then and Now

‘Then and Now’: Fulton Street and 48th Avenue

Above: The vicinity of Fulton Street and 48th Avenue looked a little different on Jan. 10, 1913 than it does today. The three-story chalet building on the right was known as Cycler’s Rest, a stop for bicycle enthusiasts on the western edge of San Francisco. But it started out as the Humboldt County Building at the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition in Golden Gate Park. Adolph Sutro purchased the structure when the Expo ended and moved it out to the beach. Photo courtesy of a private collector/Western Neighborhoods Project/OpenSFHistory.

Below: This photo, taken on April 27, 2022, shows a very different scene. Buses have replaced streetcars, asphalt has replaced rocks and rails, and the Safeway parking lot, condos and trees are where the buildings on the right used to be. Photo by Michael Durand.

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