Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Scapegoat: the 1871 to 1906 San Francisco City Hall

The Art, Music and Recreation Center and the San Francisco History Center are pleased to host the screening of Scapegoat: the 1871 to 1906 San Francisco City Hall, which tells the story of the ornate and remarkable City Hall that San Francisco built for itself starting in 1871 and that was destroyed in the 1906 Earthquake and Firestorm.

We will show this film in the Koret Auditorium, on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:00 pm, only 200 feet from what was once this City Hall's great colonnaded, public entry.

The Question and Answer period will include the filmmaker, Glenn Lym, joined by Paul V. Turner - Stanford emeritus professor of architectural history - and Chris Carlsson - San Francisco historian and founder of shapingsf.org and foundsf.org and historian Gray Brechin.

Glenn Lym is a practicing architect and documentary filmmaker in the South of Market.  He studied architecture at U.C. Berkeley and has a Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He has lived in San Francisco since 1978.

City Hall was bordered by Larkin, McAllister and City Hall Avenue and there was no Hyde street.  This link will take you to a 1905 Sanborn map where you can see how City Hall was situated in regards to Market, McAllister and Larkin.

The following photographic reproductions of the "old" City Hall from the archives of the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection will be on display before and after the screening.

view from Larkin and City Hall Avenue

view from City Hall Square

view from Market looking towards City Hall Ave on the left and McAllister on the right

view from Market before the dome was completed

view from City Hall Avenue

and the ruined City Hall after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire

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