Stereoview, Cliff House and Seal Rock, San Francisco

Stereoview, Cliff House, San Francisco, ca. 1900
Stereoview, Cliff House, San Francisco, ca. 1900

A beautiful stereoview of one of my favorite places. Seeing the building from this perspective, it’s no wonder it collapsed and burned in the 1906 earthquake. It’s amazing it didn’t slide wholesale into the sea!

3 thoughts on “Stereoview, Cliff House and Seal Rock, San Francisco”

  1. This is gorgeous. Actually, I believe it survived the 1906 quake, only to burn down a year later. The previous Cliff House had burned down as well. There have been various versions of the Cliff House over the years, but this is definitely the most spectacular one. The version there today is perfectly pleasant, but nothing like this.

    1. You are right about the Cliff House fire – it was 1907. The current building is an architectural disappointment, nothing at all suggestive of the grandeur of its past. I was bummed to read that the Musee Mechanique never returned to Cliff House, but is now on Fisherman’s Wharf.

  2. I agree with you guys about the current Cliff House. But when I saw this photo I was immediately reminded of the times when my friends and I would slip Mimosas at the House and look out at the sea – ah, what lovely days!

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