Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Cliff House, Sutro Bathes and Ocean Beach

Cliff House #2 c1890Cliff House from the Ocean circa 1970Men picnicking on a  rock overlooking  Seal Rock House, from point the Cliff House was located 1865Cliff House #2 and Seal Rocks c1870View from Cliff House 1879Cliff House, by Taber c1880
Seal Rocks from the Cliff HouseCliff House from Sutro Park by Billington c1896Viewing Cliff House and Deal RockCliff House, San FranciscoSutro Park, San Francisco c1900May Day at Sutro Baths, 1897
Sutro Baths Interior-LithographSwimmers in the Sutro Baths, c.1895Cliff House from Ocean Beach, c1890Cliff House c1890 from Ocean BeachCliff House and Seal Rocks from Ocean Beach, c1895Geary Line Terminus, c.1890
Ocean Beach by Cliff HouseGrounding of Ship, Ocean BeachAerial View of Playland at the BeachThe Cliff House #4 circa 1940Playland and the Beach, viewing South to Great HighwayChild on Merry go Round, Playland at Beach
sCliff House & Sutro, a set on Flickr.
Slide show with the best of the history of this area that I have on hand - ENJOY!

In honor of those who lost their jobs today due to the unnecessary actions of the certain parties in the Federal Government.

Hoping that more rational heads prevail soon, and they protect the public from things like Foster Farms' Salmonella instead of shuttering the livelihood of thousands and denying Veterans access to the WWII monument in DC in example.

Thus, the Government defines which employees are essential and which are not;  And, that is where things get interesting: 

CHECK LIST:  Shutting Down the Cliff House:  ESSENTIAL  -
Protecting the public from Foster Farms Salmonella rich Chicken:  NOT ESSENTIAL  - 
Stop Veterans from visiting WWII memorial in DC: ESSENTIAL.   

See a pattern here?? 


Therefore, IMO this may be the moment for citizens to step up and demand accountability and transparency from who ever is in charge of this and examine fully what is happening here. 

Cliff House Closed by Federal Government and Citizens out of Work - Really?

Honoring the Cliff House and its long and Storied history in San Francisco

Cliff House #2 c1890

The second Cliff House, built by Adolph Sutro in 1896, was an 8-story Victorian structure. It offered fine dining, panoramic views, and art and natural science exhibits, which made it a popular attraction for the City's elite. It survived the 1906 Quake, but was destroyed by fire in 1907.

Cliff House Closed by Federal Government and Citizens out of Work - Really?______________________________________________________________________

In case you have not been following this story, spirited entrepreneurs trying to keep unemployment of their staff and their enterprise afloat were shuttered by policies and rules of their landlord, the Federal Government, claiming that they cannot be open or serve the public or provide employment with Washington in its tizzy.   Really?  This is necessary why?  This helps who?  What kind of point are [t]hey trying to make? 

Are we lemmings or are we men?

I will add more to this and share the rest of the Cliff House history here later as I have more time

Cliff House Flickr Gallery

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

US District Court, Ceremonial Community Mural, San Francisco Federal Building

District History Mosaic, Mural outside Ceremonial Courtroom of the Northern District, U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate, San Francisco 19th floor

Heritage Mural of the Northern District Counties

Design by Bennett Hall and Helen Rischbieth,
Production by Business Image Group and Eco Framing, Oakland
US District Courts • 19th Floor
Phillip Burton Federal Building
450 Golden Gate, San Francisco

On March 28th 2013, coinciding with the induction of Judge Tigar, we debuted this feature mural, a mosaic representing the legacy of the 15 counties that the United States District Courts Northern District serves. This piece culminated a 10 year project working with the Court under the leadership of Judge Charles Breyer, whose efforts have spearheaded numerous improvements to the Courts facilities.  It has been our honor to design and produce these extensive community history exhibits.

This mural celebrates the rich local history, diversity and achievements of the fifteen countries served by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. The Northern District of California encompass fifteen counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma. These counties are served by four federal courthouses located in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Eureka.

"Outside the door to the ceremonial courtroom is a wall of 33 images depicting the district, which is mentioned three times in Breyer's job title, and runs through 15 counties from the Oregon border to south of Big Sur" —Sam Whiting, Chronicle

The project was curated, designed and produced locally by Bennett Hall and Helen Rischbieth, principles of Business Image Group. The mural is set into a frame made in Wisconsin using solid cherry wood, also grown in America.  The mural is the culmination of a nearly 1000-piece exhibit throughout the U.S. District Courts, Northern District of California, that has been gradually been installed throughout the Bay Area regions facilities in San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland over
the last ten years.

Specifications of Mural
Overall Size: 168" x 46"
Media type: Canvas, printing on z3200 HP 12 color pigment printer
Images are digitally mastered in the studio by Bennett Hall
There are a total of 33 individual canvas, each 14 x 14", wrapped around a stretcher frame, made in our Oakland digital studio, with Eco Shield protective coating
Sign: Cast prismatic bronze 3" letters, made in US by Gemeni

Framing - display
The canvases are fastened to three interlocking leather wrapped backing panels.
Framing around each section is in Cherry wood that was grown in America and milled and finished by the Larson Juhl Company in their Ashland, Wisconsin facilities.

Program Background

United States District Courts adjudicate matters rooted within the local community that are
governed by federal law, aligning District Courts with the communities they serve.

When it became time to commission decoration for the walls of the Northern District courthouses,
including public corridors and jury rooms, the Courts chose to form this program around this local
community, using its rich heritage as the subject matter.  Today, the Northern District courthouses feature displays of local historical photographs providing context and an authentic narrative of the greater San Francisco Bay Area’s legacy. Each image has been carefully selected and grouped, digitally restored, and is accompanied by stories that provide an educational experience.  

Lobby exhibit outside Ceremonial Courtroom of the Northern District U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate, San Francisco 19th floor

"You can learn the breadth, the scope and the reach of the court of the Northern District of California," says Breyer. "You get a panorama of the diversity of the region."

See article on program in Chronicle by Sam Whiting, April 2013

The program was the inspiration of the Honorable Judge Charles Breyer, who from inception in 2002 has guided the project, initially focused on enhancing the juror experience in the rooms where deliberations are conducted. Local historical photography drawn from dozens of sources, with accompanying educational narratives, was selected as the theme.  The program presently covers all the public spaces of the Bay Area region courts, juror rooms and most of the chambers areas with content depicting our local heritage.

Over the last ten years, Bennett Hall, designer and curator of Business Image Group and his partner Helen Rischbieth, have worked with the United States District Courts to provide this local experience for their facilities working with their numerous public historical collections as well as private and their own archives.

Historical Exhibit Program, San Francisco

This project has been completed during several phases over the past 11 years, covering their facilities in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.  The program is ongoing with additional refinements to ensure the the best representation of the Counties in respective facilities. In 2014, the program will be expanded to include the new Federal Courthouse under construction in Eureka/McKinleyville.

No public funds were used in this program.

US District Court Heritage Program
San Francisco Bay Area • Community History exhibits, 2002-2013

US District Court Program in Oakland
History of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

US District Court Program in San Jose
History of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito Counties

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Happy Birthday Coit Tower!

Moonrise over Coit Tower

Coit Tower with Moon, Bennett Hall, 1995

Telegraph Hill, from Russian Hill c1890

Future site of the Coit Tower
Observatory and Signal Station, Telegraph Hill, c. 1890

The Observatory, built by Frederick O. Layman in the style of a German baronial castle, opened in 1882 with a restaurant and concert hall. Unfortunately the cable car system designed to climb the steep Hill was unsuccessful, and the place failed. It was burnt down in 1903.
Telegraph Hill from Russian Hill c1870

Observatory and Signal Station, Telegraph Hill, c. 1870

 Telegraph Hill c1918

Telegraph Hill, showing crowd assembled on the future site of Coit Tower c1923

Pioneer Park, at the summit of the Hill, was donated to the City in 1876.   Many plans were debated for its development. Eventually, in 1923, a serpentine road was graded to the summit. The parking area was surrounded by a 4 foot concrete balustrade with large decorative urns.

Coit Tower during passing storm

Coit Tower during Passing Storm, Bennett Hall 1992

Coit Tower from Kearny Street

Coit Tower from Kearny Street looking north.
8 x 10" view camera, Bennett Hall 1994