This precarious moving of venerable Victorian buildings was documented by photographer Dave Glass in November 1970 San Francisco. What’s pictured here is essentially the result of a thirty year urban renewal scheme for the Western Addition neighborhood, particularly the Fillmore District, which after the Second World War had become a cultural center for the city’s African American community that had also survived the 1906 earthquake and fire. Overcrowding and a high proportion of low-income families had designated the area as a slum and it was slated for redevelopment. A “nice new neighborhood” was promised by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and in the mid 1950s and 60s, entire blocks were cleared, destroying nearly 2,500 Victorian gems.
I actually tracked this specific building down on Fillmore St. near Sutter.
Hard to get a good pic with all the trees nowadays.
And finally, an example of one of the thousands of Painted Ladies in the process of being demolished…