NOIRSCAPE V.2 : revisited and updated

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Freight train thru the Mission

The Southern Pacific from San Francisco cut diagonally across the Mission from the 3rd and Townsend area, turned south at Dolores, climbed around Bernal Heights then ran along what is now San Jose Ave., the BART line and the 280. Below is the photo of the 3rd and Townsend station.

The Valencia Station at 25th and Valencia (SW corner) was perhaps the most popular stop in the city for the living and the dead. The railroad was the only transportation option for many families to the cemetary and gravesite in Colma. After San Francisco passed ordinances on burying the dead within city limits, the city began evicting all the corpses from earlier cemetaries built around the city. Valencia Street became the area where undertakers and mortuary and funeral businesses were established. The railroad ceased carrying passengers in the 1920's but continued to haul out the dead from Valencia Station until the early 1940's!

These photos show the train making its way around what was called the Bernal Cut (Bernal Heights, San Jose Ave, Mission St, Monterrey Ave area.)

The Southern Pacific line helped establish most of the cities and communities on the peninsula.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Library Branch 1

The Mission District branch of the San Francisco Public library.
Built in 1915 with a grant from Andrew Carnegie
by architect G. Albert Lansburgh.
Beaux Arts architecture with an unusual tiled Chinese-Spanish looking roof.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Forest Hills Station

The Forest Hills Muni Station in San Francisco.
Built in 1918 it is the oldest subway station west of Chicago.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Warehouse 2

The Pier 70 complex near China Basin / Mission Rock
Bldg 6 was one of the city's greatest graffiti galleries.
These photos were taken in 2005.


Warehouse 1

The Eng-Skell Building at 1035 Howard in SOMA.
Art Deco streamline moderne designed by A.C Griewank in 1930.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Light fixture fascination

An elevator vestibule lobby chandelier, wrought iron and made to match the elevator floor indicator

Gothic chandelier with Victorian and Art Nouveau elements

Art Deco? with strange zodiac patterns and images?

Art Deco Chandelier