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Map 11 A1. St. Paulus Lutheran Church 999 Eddy St. Map 4 F5. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 858–64 Fulton St. Map 4 E5. 450 Sutter St. Map 5 B4. Transamerica Pyramid p111 Union Sq FL Wright Bldg p45 Veterans Building p127 War Memorial Opera House p127 48 I N T R O D U C I N G S A N F R A N C I S C O SAN FRANCISCO THROUGH THE YEAR S pringtime in San Francisco sees a city awakening from winter slumbers, with leaves returning to the trees, and the last gray whales migrating north along the coast. By May and June the air is often warm, and windsurfers can be seen on the bay.

One memorable aspect is the wide variety of house styles, ranging from Arts and Crafts rustic chalets to grand Victorian mansions. Commercial buildings reflect a gamut of styles from Beaux Arts to Postmodern. This map gives some highlights, with a detailed overview on pages 46–7. Octagon House Octagonal houses were popular in the mid-1800s because they allowed in more sunlight than traditional Victorian designs. Haas-Lilienthal House This large Queen Anne style house is a typical uppermiddle-class dwelling of the late 1880s.

Pacific-Union Club. Cups and saucers fused by the heat of the fire are among artifacts on display at the Oakland Museum (pp166–7). THE DESTRUCTION Traveling at 7,000 mph (11,265 km), the earthquake overwhelmed the city center. Flames erupted from burst gas mains and, in 3 days, destroyed 28,000 buildings: prime city property valued at $400 million. Nob Hill’s wooden mansions The Homeless burned like kindling. Many people salvaged what they could and moved Clearing Up away for good. As soon as the flames had abated, buildings were torn down and cleared for restoration.

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