Category Archive: History

Aug 24

Apparently Kevin Spacey Has Our Doors

We’ve heard this neighborhood rumor for quite some time and it appears that it might actually be true. If you haven’t heard, the story is that actor Kevin Spacey bought the Avenue Theater’s entry doors several years ago when the church operating out of the space at the time, deemed them too risqué for their …

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Aug 05

Solving The Avenue’s Neon Color Mystery

It’s been over 30 years since the neon on the Avenue Theater’s marquee last glowed, and when the P.N.A. took on the restoration project, the goal was to make it look just as it did in its heyday. This presented a problem for the restoration team that was tasked with bringing the iconic sign back …

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Mar 07

Mural Unveiling This Saturday To Celebrate Portola’s Garden District Designation

It is official, according to a unanimous vote by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors late last year, Portola is San Francisco’s Garden District! The resolution was put forth by former District 9 Supervisor David Campos after years of advocacy from neighborhood gardeners, the Green House Project folks and the Portola Urban Greening steering committee. When …

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Aug 03

Portola’s Own KALW Radio Turns 75

Did you know the Portola is home to the oldest FM radio station west of the Mississippi? Well it is and KALW is celebrating its 75th birthday tomorrow. The Chronicle has a very interesting write up on the history of the station as well as its current success in a changing media world.   Tune …

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Apr 30

Curbed.com reveals possible future of University Mound Nursery

Since the Portola Planet launched a few months ago, sf.curbed.com has wonderfully picked up on many of our stories. It therefore only makes sense to return the favor. Their recent article on the University Mound Nursery tempts us with the possibility that;  …in the last decade, the Recreation and Parks Department has considered purchasing the lot. …

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Apr 28

SOLD! Who bought 460 Hamilton Street?

Our trusty, local realtor, Joan Loeffler, has turned me onto a rumor that someone just paid over $600,000 in cash for the above. A building with no finished interior walls, bare unprepared floor boards and a rear part of the house that needs a lot of work (Just look at the photos at the bottom of …

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Apr 06

View the Portola from the skies in 1938

Inspired by photos of the Portola from the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), which had been indexed and combined with a Google Map, I started to look for more visual evidence of Portola history. It didn’t take many searches to stumble onto a set of images akin to Google Maps 1938 style. In 1938, somebody was mad …

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Mar 27

Take a walk into the Portola of the past

While researching a few things for the blog, I stumbled across a fantastic website that provides a map to view all the photographs that are publicly available from the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), http://www.oldsf.org/. Essentially two smart and very dedicated people (@danvdk and @ravejk) either manually or via some clever code associated each image …

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