It’s not well known but during the early 20th century dozens of neighborhoods were planned with picturesque streets, landscaping, detached houses and setbacks to convey the feeling of living in a park – rare in San Francisco.
Press Release: Western Neighborhoods Project’s New Director of Programs
Western Neighborhoods Project Announces Hiring of Director of Programs, Chelsea Sellin
‘Then and Now’: Cliff House
Comparing photos of the Cliff House from 1900 with 2022.
‘Naiad Cove’ Exhibit Makes History Come Alive
Naiad Cove, named after the Greek demigoddesses, has been a labor of love and hard work to preserve the treasures, memories and history of Lands End, the Cliff House, Sutro Heights and Ocean Beach.
‘Then and Now’: A Busy Day on Geary Boulevard
The view north across Geary Boulevard from Arguello Boulevard, January 1947. The Larkins Building (the former Park and Ocean Railroad Co. Geary Street Carbarn), with signage for T.F. Ormand Dodge and Plymouth dealer at left, Roosevelt Junior High School at right.
Historical Photo: The Total Totem Pole
A classic shot looking up Point Lobos Avenue near the Great Highway around 1947.
‘Cliff Moving Picture Gallery’ Illuminates Cliff House History
When the 157-year-old Cliff House restaurant closed its doors in December 2020, it was “another blow to lose an iconic restaurant in San Francisco,” said Nicole Meldahl, executive director of the Western Neighborhoods Project. Nevertheless, as one door closes, a window opens.
Press Release: The Cliff Moving Picture Gallery
An after dark projected artwork animating
windows of the former Cliff House now on display.
Historical Photos: Ahead of the Curve
Today, the curve along Sloat Boulevard near 39th Avenue is lined with quintessential Sunset stucco homes.
Historical Photo: “Where’s the Beef?”
Long lines mirroring pandemic times at Denhard’s Market at 701 10th Avenue near Cabrillo Street.
Press Release: Western Neighborhoods Project to Open Pop-Up Museum in Former Cliff House Gift Shop
Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP), a community history nonprofit, will open a temporary museum in the former Cliff House Gift Shop in partnership with ACT Art Conservation and The Great Highway gallery with support from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Park Archives and Records Center (PARC) and the Global Museum at SF State.
Historical Photo: ‘Reaching New Golden Gate Heights’
In this San Francisco Department of Public Works photo taken by Horace Chaffee, the Moraga Street Stairway to Golden Gate Heights was just completed in January 1928.
Historical Photo: Seventh Avenue Survivor
The Quonq Sing Laundry at 433 Seventh Ave. (now 465 Seventh Ave.) between Geary Boulevard and Anza Street is one of the earliest Chinese-owned businesses in the Richmond District. The structure was built in 1902 and was incorporated into the 1987 building currently on the same site.
Historians Form ‘Save the Cliff House Collection’ to Salvage Treasures
When Alexandra Mitchell, the owner and principal fine art conservator at ACT Art Conservation, learned that the Cliff House’s art works and memorabilia were slated to be auctioned off in mid-March, she knew something had to be done.
Historical Photo: ‘Fancy Fruits and Choice Meats’
In 1951, 4055 Irving St. at the corner of 42nd Avenue was the Portola Market advertising fancy fruits and choice meats. It was run for many years as A-1 Liquor & Groceries, until Palm City Wines recently took over …