Saturday, April 10, 2010

Palace Hotel: Hollywood arrives by train, 1932 - what a banquet!

Banquet for Hollywood Stars, Garden Court of the Palace Hotel, 1932
Who can you recognize in this shot?  (Edgar G. Robinson for starters)

Hollywood's elite partied all night, arrived by private rail care to this festive Garden Court banquet at the Palace Hotel. This banquet was held by by Governor James Rolph for motion picture stars, who traveled from Los Angeles by train for the occasion. Rolph served as mayor of San Francisco for 20 years, before being elected Governor of California in 1931.

This five foot hand-tinted photography is on view in the 2nd floor banquet room at the Palace.
Palace Hotel photographs on San Francisco Images web site
 Case study of project

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Palace Hotel shortly after its opening in 1876

This photograph shows Montgomery Street toward Market Street, c1880 Gas Lamps installed on Montgomery Street, viewing toward Market Street and the Palace Hotel on Montgomery Street, across the street from today's Charles Schwab Bld.

View down Montgomery Street in 1870s shows the newly completed Palace Hotel at the far end. Another leading hotel, the Lick House, at the corner of Montgomery and Sutter streets, is visible through the row of ornate street lamps.

The first street lamps in San Francisco were erected in Merchant street, by Mr. James B. M. Crooks, in October, 1850. They were lighted with oil, and to be paid for by private subscription. The same gentleman had also completed the erection of ninety lamps, on the 20th of February, 1852, on Montgomery, Clay, Washington and Commercial streets, to be paid for in a similar manner. These, with the exception of four posts, were all destroyed by the fire of the 4th of May following. In the autumn of 1852, the common council contracted with Mr. Crooks to light the city within the limits of Battery, Kearny, Jackson and California streets. This contract was carried out until the introduction of gas as above related, by a contract made with Mr. James Donahue for the “San Francisco Gas Company.”

Photograph Hand-tinted © Bennett Hall 2010

Slide Show of Palace Hotel photography -

Story of our photographic exhibits for the Palace Hotel- case study

Web Galleries - Hand-tinted San Francisco Historical photographs

San Francisco Photography including Palace Hotel - Flickr