Posts Tagged ‘house’

The Chimneys of 2622 Jackson – Where Japanese Consulate Secrets Went Up in Smoke on Dec 7, 1941 – A Fine Stone House

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Here you go, 2622 Jackson in Pacific Heights. It was the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco until just after the start of WWII. And how do you get rid of your papers back in ’41 before you leave town all of a sudden? You burn them, the same way diplomatic staff did all over America, like in DC and New Orleans.

The Gibbs mansion, designed by SF architect Willis Polk and used as the Japanese consulate before the war:

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And then Harry Potter director Chris Columbus bought the place – I don’t know where he lives now…

What will happen next at this grand stone palace…

Congratulations to Bayview’s “The Old Clam House” – Just Named California’s Most Iconic Restaurant

Monday, January 12th, 2015

By The Thrillist:

“California – The Old Clam House San Francisco (Est. 1861) 

With respect to the Tadich Grill in SF and Musso & Frank’s in Hollywood, our choice is this legendary spot in Bayview.”

Their advice? “Try the clams.” Ah j/k, but click on over to see what they really say.

Here It Is, Public Notice for the SFMTA’s Impossibly Convoluted “Area Q” NIMBY Parking Scheme – Meeting Comes Jan 16th

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

You want to see democracy in action? Simply go to all the meetings involving “Area Q” and then push and push and maybe the SFMTA will eventually throw you a bone by including or excluding your block from this or that parking scheme. It’s too late to get started now, but, you know, for next time.

Hoodline has the deets

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Remember, you’re not paying for parking, you’re paying the SFMTA to prevent others, the auslanders, from parking in “your” neighborhood.

Oh, and here’s what doesn’t work – standing betwixt the SFMTA and a pot of money it really wants:

No no, the SFMTA has already decided it’s up for the job of creating and profiting (managing, they call it) from the Q.

Area Q is a done deal, more or less.

With Love from Japan: Earthquake-Proof and Tsunami-Proof Soccer Ball Houses – As Seen at the Randall Museum

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Oh c’mon!

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Head on up to our Randall Museum to see other outside of the box / 20-sided truncated icosahedron ideas on earthquake safety.

From the source, the “Barier” people:

“Is your present house OK? Is it strong enough to endure a great earthquake or flood to be caused by global warming? Barier offers a safe, living space, a multi-functional, elegant and playful space, emphasizing each individual personality.

Barier is a soccer ball-shaped house developed by us (international patent pending). A soccer ball with which you played in your childhood gets bigger like a dream ball and appears as a place to live in. It floats on the sea and can be a rescue ship. We believe it will be a gift to those who never give up a dream.”

1906 Earthquake Shack: Reclaimed Wood From Before It Was Reclaimed

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

This is what they looked like back in the day, before getting gussied up:

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Click to expand

The Next Big One, she is coming. Sooner or later. In the meantime, be sure to check out Earthquake: Life on a Dynamic Planet, a major exhibit at our California Academy of Sciences

Free Speech Residence, Western Addition

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

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San Francisco Opposes the Feds Killing Off Mice on the Farallon Islands? Fear of Dead Seagulls Scaring Tourists?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Well, this is news to me.

All the Feds want to do is kill off the mice of the Farallones and San Francisco is standing in the way?

Check out how our Federales scored a “rip-roaring conservation success” exterminating vermin up in Alaska at Hawadex Island, which was known for centuries as “Rat Island.”

I’ll tell you, I can’t name any of the “visionary policies and innovative programs” created by SF Environment that Director Deborah Raphael boasts of.

Can you, Gentle Reader?

One down, a million to go – here’s the big version, via nature photographer Jenny Erbes.

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I’ve Never Seen an Aircraft Flying Around Without a Registration Number – And Yet This Was Over the Stanford Game

Monday, September 15th, 2014

This is new on me:

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Boy, this aircraft/banner combo seems familiar:

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Here are some of my other beefs against the flying banner ad biz in the bay area.

Good News, Everybody! That “$3 Million Farmhouse” at 10th and Balboa Sold for LESS Than Asking Price in 2014

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Oh, wait a sec, maybe that’s BAD news – it depends on who you are.

Anyway, here’s proof that it’s possible to buy a place in Frisco for less than asking price in the Year Of Our Lord 2014:

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One of the asking prices was the “lucky” number of $2,888,888.88, IIRC.

Fin.

Lake Merced vs. Lake Merritt: Oakland’s Large Pond is Just Like Ours But Ours Has MORE Gunshots

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Believe it or not.

The old pink-tannish boat house at Lake Merced:

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If you’re looking for the West Coast crew scene, this is it – pretty much a handful of UCSF stus who rowed at Fair Harvard and/or their east coast prep schools, back in the day.

All right, stroke, stroke, stroke…

Sam: What regiment was that?

Spence: The 22nd Special Air Service.

Sam: What’s the color of the boathouse at Hereford? [repeats]

Spence: I don’t like your attitude.

Sam: What’s the color of the boathouse -…

Spence: Fuck off!

Sam: What’s – -you got the gun. I’m unarmed. Do something. Go ahead. Do something. DO SOMETHING.

[Spence spills the coffee cup and Sam subdues him]