For those of you who, like me, woke up this morning and thought, “What the hell is with all this 1906 earthquake stuff?” it is because today is the 105th anniversary of the 1906 Earthquake which between seismic activity and to a greater extent, massive fires, leveled the crap out of San Francisco. More importantly, it’s directly responsible for the Tenderloin neighborhood having the buildings that it does now as this area was gutted by the catastrophe and subsequently rebuilt.
If you’re looking to thumb through archives today, SFMTA put up a rather awesome little photostream from which the above image of Sutter & Hyde is taken. Something even cooler is recently-unearthed account by Dr. Leonie von Zesch’s who was living in San Francisco and working as a dentist at the time, only to lose her home and practice after the quake. She lived at Sutter & Leavenworth in a house, yes a house, not a ten story apartment. It was a most different hood back then.