Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Question: Nob Hill Walls

From: "Michael Lampen" michaell@gracecathedral.org

The surviving portions of boundary walls bordering the former properties of the Crocker (1876), Hopkins (1878) and Stanford (1876) mansions on Nob Hill, were supposedly designed and built by Central Pacific RR engineers. The walls are of grey basalt with coping and pylons of granite. Do you know of any documentation for this story?

Michael D. Lampen
Archivist, Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108-2244


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "John Snyder" johnsnyder@onetel.com

I might have picked up something on those contracts while researching my MA thesis, long ago. You'll find a copy of it at SF Heritage at the Haas-Lillienthal House.

John Snyder
White Ensign Models

8/01/2005 7:39 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "John Snyder" johnsnyder@onetel.com

[Thesis:] ... "An Index of San Francisco Building, 1879 - 1900", 1975, University of California, Davis, Department of Art/M.A. Art History. I suspect that I didn't specifically list contractors – only clients and architects – but the specific citations could then be checked against the original listings in the California Architect & Building News. There should be at least a microfilm copy of CA&BN available somewhere in S.F. If not, I'm sure U.C. Berkeley has one.


8/02/2005 7:36 AM  

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