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Lecture Mar. 10: Rincon Hill and South Park: Our (San Franciso’s) First Fancy Neighborhoods

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The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society is sponsoring a lecture entitled, “Rincon Hill and South Park: Our First Fancy Neighborhoods” on Tuesday, March 10 – 7:30 P.M., at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California at Presidio, in San Francisco.

From the Society’s website:

During and immediately following the Gold Rush, the most prestigious residential neighborhoods in San Francisco were located south of Market Street on Rincon Hill, in the nearby neighborhood known as Happy Valley (centered around First and Market Streets), and South Park. The latter, constructed in 1855, was modeled after a square in London, England, as a housing development of 17 mansions plus townhouses (a total of 58 residences) on a 550-foot oval around a private grassy park. It featured the first paved streets and sidewalks in San Francisco

With a visual presentation, Charles Fracchia will guide us through this area that was the premiere residential choice for San Franciscans until the cable car made Nob Hill accessible, and the 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed the area.

The 7:30 p.m. program will be preceded by a 7:00 p.m. reception.


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