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San Francisco Historical Society Presents: Rincon Hill and South Park: Our First Fancy Neighborhoods

Sorry for late notice … I just got wind of this presentation that will likely show you some of the beautiful homes that used to dot Rincon Hill before the 1906 fires.

SFMHS Programs in 2009 will explore the theme “Neighborhoods of San Francisco.” These programs are free as part of your membership to SFMHS. A $5 donation is requested from non-members.

Rincon Hill and South Park: Our First Fancy Neighborhoods
Tuesday, March 10 – 7:30 P.M.
Jewish Community Center, 3200 California at Presidio

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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