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  • San Francisco Harbor in the19th Century
  • 1853 U.S. Coast Survey Map of San Francisco
  • Ships Docking at the Ferry Building
  • Historic Postcard of the Ferry Building and Embarcadero
  • Historic Postcard of Docking at Ferry Building
  • Historic Transit at the Ferry Building
  • Aftermath of 1906 Earthquake and Fire
  • Wreckage from 1906 Earthquake
  • Ferry Building in the 1906 Fire
  • Pier 23 Specialized Warehouses before construction of Civic Piers
  • San Francisco Harbor in the 19th Century
  • View of the Belt Railway, looking North from Broadway Street, shortly after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.
  • Embarcadero and the Historic San Francisco Port

San Francisco Waterfront (1849 – 1909) — [13 Images]

  • 1849: The Gold Rush—San Francisco becomes the busiest and most important port on the West Coast
  • 1898: A Page Brown-designed Ferry Building is constructed on the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street. The Ferry Building, originally called the Union Depot and Ferry House, designed by A. Page Brown, is constructed at the foot of Market Street, replacing the original wood frame structure built many years earlier. With its tall Beaux Arts tower and rhythmic arcades, the Ferry Building, San Francisco’s gateway to the world, immediately becomes the City’s iconic “postcard” representation until the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1938.
  • 1897-1901: City Beautiful concepts are introduced in San Francisco under Mayor James Duval Phelan and popularized by Daniel Burnham’s 1905 San Francisco Plan
  • 1906: The Great Earthquake and Fire – The Ferry Building is spared
  • 1909, 1926: Marginal wharf is constructed and later added to in 1926.


Photo Credits:
  1849  /  The Waterfront, Timeline