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California Historical Landmark 84
Rincon Hill
Bryant Street and Rincon Alley

California Historical Landmark #84: Rincon Hill
California Historical Landmark #84: Rincon Hill
8 February 2004
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Rincon Hill

A fashionable neighborhood in the 1880's, Rincon Hill was the home of William Tecumseh Sherman, William C. Ralston, William Gwin, H.H. Bancroft and others. By the 1880's the hill, already partially leveled, became a working class district. Today it is nearly invisible beneath the Bay Bridge. This plaques is mounted on the retaining wall of St. Mary's Hospital, built in 1861 but destroyed in the fire of 1906.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 84

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Yerba Buena Chapter of E Clampus Vitus and Charles Albert Shumate, April 18, 1981.


Looking North From Rincon Hill in 1875
Looking North From Rincon Hill in 1875

 
Second & Folsom Sts. looking northeast toward Telegraph Hill. Octagonal house, foreground. Ca. 1875. (Rincon Hill was really dubbed "Nob Hill" first, on account of the Nabobs, but of course they went over to Nob Hill later on.)

Photograph and caption courtesy of UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library.


1875 Photograph of Rincon Hill Residence
Rincon Hill in 1875
Courtesy of UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

San Francisco Bay Bridge and One Rincon Hill
San Francisco Bay Bridge and One Rincon Hill
26 April 2009
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The western span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge is anchored to Rincon Hill. Construction on the bridge began on 9 July 1933, and the bridge opened to traffic on 12 November 1936.

Construction of One Rincon Hill began on 10 November 2005 after the 1955 clock tower building - visible in the first photograph on this page - was razed. Like the Transamerica Pyramid, One Rincon Hill stands free of other skyscrapers, and both buildings can be seen from many vantages in San Francisco, not always to good effect. Both buildings appear at their best when viewed from a boat in the San Francisco Bay.

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