Colorized photo from 1934 Original title: Montgomery Street (Commercial Building) Photographer: Unknown Location: 744 Montgomery St San Francisco, CA
This is Montgomery Street in San Francisco, California, as seen in 1934. At this time it was an Italian neighborhood.
The next block up was a building known as the Montgomery Block, also known as he Monkey block and Halleck's folly. It was built in 1853, erected by Henry Wager Halleck, and was built on a raft of redwood logs. It was designed as both fire proof and earthquake proof, which was proven as there was an earthquake in 1906 and the building survived.
It was also known as Monkey Block as it housed well known lawyers, financiers, writers, actors and artists. It also hosted many illustrious visitors, among them Jack London, George Sterling, Lola Montez, Lotta Crabtree, Gelett Burgess (and 'Les Jeunes'), Maynard Dixon, Frank Norris, Ambrose Bierce, Bret Harte, the Booths, and Mark Twain.
While the area was marked as an historic landmark in 1933, the building was torn down in 1959 to make way for the Transamerica pyramid. The rest of the buildings on this block remain intact.
A note you might see references to the NRA stood for National Recovery Administration.
February 11th, 2023
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