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vendredi 27 février 2009
jeudi 26 février 2009
mercredi 25 février 2009
mardi 24 février 2009
We got glimpses of the Transamerica Pyramid and the Bank of America tower in the view from Alamo Square and from Telegraph Hill. Now we see them from Marin County. Also visible is Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower.
lundi 23 février 2009
dimanche 22 février 2009
"Louis" apologizes for the poor composition of this photo - he just couldn't get that pesky plant out of the image. Be that as it may, here we see part of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Yerba Buena (Good Herb) Island from the east side of Telegraph Hill below Coit Tower. "Louis" wonders what (ahem) 'good herb' the Spaniards whom named the island were referring to...
samedi 21 février 2009
The iconic Transamerica Pyramid is seen in this view from Telegraph Hill on the south side of Coit Tower. The 52 story Bank of America tower is obscured by tree branches at the right side of the photo.
vendredi 20 février 2009
One of the four Embarcadero Center towers and part of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is visible in this photo taken on Telegraph Hill beside Coit Tower. Also visible is the tower of the Ferry Building.
jeudi 19 février 2009
Coit Tower, which stands atop Telegraph Hill in San Francisco's Pioneer Park, offers fantastic views of San Francisco including the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park ("Aquatic Park"), Alcatraz, Pier 39, Angel Island, Treasure Island, the Bay Bridge, Russian Hill, the Financial District, Lombard Street, and Nob Hill.
The tower was built in 1933 at the bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit to beautify the City of San Francisco. She bequeathed one-third of her estate to the City of San Francisco "to be expended in an appropriate manner for the purpose of adding to the beauty of the city which I have always loved".
Contrary to popular opinion, the tower was not designed to resemble a fire hose nozzle. This belief persists in part because of Lillie Hitchcock Coit's affinity with the San Francisco fire fighters of the day, in particular with Knickerbocker Engine Company Number 5.
Coit Tower took 5 years to build.
mercredi 18 février 2009
One of the most famous views in San Francisco is this group of victorians on Steiner Street at Alamo Square. In the left center background is St. Mary's cathedral, or as "Louis" calls it, "Our Lady of the Maytag," because from the outside it looks like the agitator of a washing machine. ( Go HERE, scroll down.) Also visible is the 52-story Bank of America building in the far right background and, to its left, the Transamerica needle.
mardi 17 février 2009
lundi 16 février 2009
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco, is the oldest Lutheran parish west of the Mississippi. The parish was founded during the Gold Rush in 1849. The original church was located at Stockton and O'Farrell Streets, now home to Macy's west coast flagship store. The present building was completed in 1897 and, at the time, was at the western edge of The City, but still far from Ocean Beach and the Pacific Ocean. The church survived the 1906 earthquake and fire - barely. Firemen were preparing to dynamite the church, trying to stop the advance of the flames. The pastor pleaded with them to try the water main. At first they refused, insisting that (like most of the water mains in the city) it would have been broken in the earthquake. The pastor persisted; the firemen tried the main. It was unbroken and the church survived. The church basement then served as a soup kitchen and infirmary for victims of the earthquake and fire.
St. Mark's suffered a lot of structural damage in the 1989 earthquake. In 2006 an earthquake retrofitting and restoration was completed. This beautiful baroque-style tracker organ was installed. The acoustics of St. Mark's are superb and this organ has, as is fitting for the space, a divine tone.