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Celebrating Our Survivors

by Gloria Lenhart

The eight buildings here are among the few that survived the 1906 disaster and are still standing today. The Ferry Building has gone through several renovations, but now – restored and repurposed – it’s back and better than ever. Only the Call Building, once called “the handsomest tall building in the world” by architectural critic B.J.S. Cahill, is unrecognizable in its current form. In the late 1930s, the dome was removed to permit the addition of six additional floors and the entire building received an Art Deco makeover.

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Shreve Bldg
Post St @ Grant

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DeYoung (Chronicle) bldg (now the Ritz Carlton)
Market St @ Kearny



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Call Bldg(left) & Mutual Savings Bank (center).
Third & Market Sts.






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Kohl Bldg (left) & Merchant's Exchange (right).
Calif St @ Montgomery

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Flood Bldg
Market St @ O'Farrell

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Ferry Bldg
Embarcadero @ Market St


























Photos courtesy San Francisco Public Library Historical Photo Collection.



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