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August 22, 2017

Take a moment today to look at these San Francisco houses of yore

Bygone structures that almost withstood the test of time

Charles W. Cushman’s private color photos, now available via the Indiana University Archives, feature scenes of San Francisco’s vivid past. From the World’s Fair to circa-1967 Haight street hippies, Cushman documented the city like no other.

After all, how many photogs captured a man and his pet raccoon going for a walk on Telegraph Hill?

But of all his shots, the ones of razed San Francisco homes might be of most interest to architecture geeks. From homes to a few structures that are no more, here are a few of our favorites.

↑ Old frame house at southwest corner of Franklin and Jackson. Demolished in May 1954. (Photos take in 1953)

Photo via Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection/Indiana University Archives

↑ Old frame house at 2610 Jackson, Alta Plaza. (1953)

Photo via Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection/Indiana University Archives

↑ Old house at northwest corner of Lyon and Pacific. (1953)

Photo via Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection/Indiana University Archives

↑ Unpainted frame house, northeast corner of 21st and Church. (1952)

Photo via Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection/Indiana University Archives

↑ Amusement Beach below Sutro Heights, beach below Cliff House and Sutro Forest. Businesses: Bull Pup Enchiladas, Rifle Range, Little Theatre, Cliff House. (1952)

Photo via Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection/Indiana University Archives

↑ Old Fortmann mansion on Eddy and Gough. (1959)


Photo via Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection/Indiana University Archives

↑ Old house on Franklin between Clay and Washington. (1960)

Photo via Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection/Indiana University Archives<

↑ Mansion guest house at Franklin and Clay. (1960)

Photo via Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection/Indiana University Archives

↑ Coast guard buildings below north end of Golden Gate bridge San Francisco on a late November afternoon. (1961)

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