Van Ness Street, San Francisco Photos

This broad street was once a promenade of mansions until the 1906 earthquake forced its use as a firebreak & every structure on the east side was dynamited. There remain significant Victorian houses to the west. Van Ness itself became an apartment & business street where owners & car dealers vied to have the most attractive buildings.

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British Motors showroom. San Francisco, CA.Two styles of auto showroom on Van Ness. San Francisco, CA.Auto showroom. San Francisco, CA.Cadillac Building. San Francisco, CA.
British Motors (originally Earle C. Anthony Packard) showroom (1928) (901 Van Ness at Olive). San Francisco, CA. Style: Greek Revival. Architect: Bernard Maybeck.Two styles of auto showroom on Van Ness. San Francisco, CA.Auto showroom (c1938) (999 Van Ness at O'Farell). San Francisco, CA. Style: Moderne.Cadillac Building. San Francisco, CA.
Cadillac Showroom [aka Don Lee Building]. San Francisco, CA.Upper floor detail of Cadillac Building. San Francisco, CA.Portal of Cadillac Building. San Francisco, CA.Golden bear statue on Cadillac Building. San Francisco, CA.
Cadillac Showroom [aka Don Lee Building] (1921) (1000 Van Ness). San Francisco, CA. Architect: Weeks & Day. On National Register.Upper floor detail of Cadillac Building. San Francisco, CA.Portal of Cadillac Building. San Francisco, CA.Golden bear statue on Cadillac Building. San Francisco, CA.
Glass step pyramidal cinema building at Van Ness & Sutter. San Francisco, CA.Former auto showroom. San Francisco, CA.Modern apartment at Van Ness & Pine. San Francisco, CA.Modern apartment. San Francisco, CA.
Glass step pyramidal cinema building at Van Ness & Sutter. San Francisco, CA.Former auto showroom (1301 Van Ness at Sutter). San Francisco, CA. Style: Secessionist.Modern apartment at Van Ness & Pine. San Francisco, CA.Modern apartment (1601 Van Ness at California). San Francisco, CA.
Paige Motor Car Company showroom. San Francisco, CA.Three Gothic apartment Buildings. San Francisco, CA.Academy of Art University in former auto showroom. San Francisco, CA.
Paige Motor Car Company showroom (1699 Van Ness at Sacramento). San Francisco, CA. On National Register.Three Gothic apartment Buildings (1725-45 Van Ness at Clay). San Francisco, CA.Academy of Art University in former auto showroom (1849 Washington at Van Ness). San Francisco, CA.

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