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Title
California Theatre, Free Public Library.
Creator
Dobbin, Hamilton Henry, 1856-1930
Date Created and/or Issued
1870
Contributing Institution
California State Library
Collection
California History Section Picture Catalog
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Description
V1p129b
In PHOTO ALBUM-VAULT: ** fc917.9461 A3, Vol. I, page 129 bottom.
This photograph is contained in one of two volumes by Dobbin titled "Album of San Francisco."
Text written on photo: "#45. California Theatre 1863. Free Public Library. Bush St. above Kearny." with "1863" crossed out and "1870" penciled in. View of large theater and library building with arched windows. Firehouse next door (right). Tall flagpole in between. Tracks of the Central Railroad Co. can be seen on Bush Street along with a large boulder and assorted trash. Theater was built by William Ralston.
Text written under photo: "California Theatre Bush St. 1870. This theatre at the time of its opening January 18, 1869 was considered to be the best equiped [sic] and handsomest [sic] theatre in the United States. It opened with the play of "Money" John T. Raymond playing the character of Graves. The front showing arched windows was known as Pacific Hall where the Free Library was established. The Free Public Library was maintained in this building until the McAllister Street wing of the new City Hall was completed. No. 2 Engine House [under appropriate building]"
Type
image
Format
Photographs.
Nonprojected graphic
Extent
1 photoprint ; 6 3/8 x 8 in.
Identifier
VVV-3872
Subject
Libraries--California--San Francisco
Fire stations--California--San Francisco
Theaters--California--San Francisco
San Francisco (Calif.)--Photographs
Photographic prints
Place
California
San Francisco
San Francisco (Calif.)

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