Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Weather Vanes Part 3

Here are the latest weather vanes I have come across. Some appear to be original to the homes, some new. The originals tend to be flat.

I think these two were somewhere around 14th and Quintara:

Around 35th near Kirkham:

3rd and Irving:

Finally, these are out by Lakeshore Park, Miraloma Manor, etc:

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Find your Niche on 17th Ave

I headed out to find this house a couple weeks ago:

Can you guess why? What is up with these things?:

I could have sworn there were a couple houses on the block with this detail, but not here. However I discovered that almost every house on the west side of 17th between Kirkham and Lawton have niches:

Here are a few:

This house has a neat entrance:

And the original garage doors (another favorite disappearing detail of mine):

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Well, it's a bonanza if you are interested in cement markings on the west side of San Francisco. Someday they will all be gone, victims of renovations and improvements. I have a feeling when the majority of the houses in the neighborhood start turning a hundred years old there will be more interest in who built this side of town.

I walked down almost the entire length of 36th Ave and onto Ocean Ave heading east, and found a bunch of new markings.

First up "A. B. Rilovich Cement Contractor San Francisco" at 36th and Lawton:

Next, "P.R. Kelly 1947" at 36th and Pacheco:

"Meyer Rosenberg Contractor San Francisco 1931" was in a couple spots at 36th & Santiago:

"Eaton S. Smith 1931" at 36th & Ulloa. The first time I have seen the contractor name with the street name:

Nobody but maybe one or two people who read this blog will understand my excitement for what I found at Wawona: "THIRTYSIXTH AVE" and "Meyer Rosenberg Contractor San Francisco 1931", twice. You can see the date didn't fit below the name on the curb, so it is sideways. I guess it makes sense that the name iron and date would be separate, I just never thought of it before:

Somewhere in there was a G A Love and Sons mark, like I had seen right on Sunset.

Finally we head to Lakeshore Park / Merced Manor.

I think this "Bay Concrete Co. 1931" is the only one I've seen on the side of a curb, found on Ocean at Melba:

While not a marking, I like that they saved this "TWENTY SECOND AVE" which has particularly large letters, when they put in the corner ramp. Not a great photo, but there is new cement on three sides of this:

I almost forgot, here are a couple I found on a bike ride the other day:

19th and Sloat: "A. B. Rilovich San Francsico CAL". Different from the mark in the first photo of this post.

Dewey at Pacheco: "1932 Love & Haun Concrete Construction 1354 20th St. SF 1932":

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

Here are some random shots: