Historic Transit at the Ferry Building

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, was 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 became the City’s iconic “postcard” representation until the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1938.

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Collapsed Freeway after Loma Prieta Earthquake

Loma Prieta Earthquake Damages Embarcadero Freeway — [4 Images]

The Loma Prieta Earthquake occurred in October, badly damaging the Embarcadero Freeway.

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