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Landmark 86
Site of The California Theatre
444 Bush Street
Financial District
Built 1869 - Destroyed 1906
California Theatre Commemorative Plaque
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The Plaque Reads

On This Site
January 18 1869
The California Theatre
Built By William C Ralston
Opened With the Following Stock Company

John McCullough
Lawrence Barrett
Harry Edwards
Willie Edouin
E B Holmes
William Mestayer
John T Raymond
W F Burroughs
W H Sedley Smith
John Wilson
Edward J Buckley
Mrs Judah Emelie Melville
Elizabeth Saunders
Annette Ince
Marie E Gordon
Sophie Edwin
Minnie Walton
Julia Buckley

This theatre remained a brilliant center of drama until August 11 1888

Among the artists who played here were

Charles W Couldock
Edwin Adams
John Broughan
Edwin Booth
Barton Hill
Walter Montgomery
Mrs D P Bowers
Adelaide Neilson
Lotta Crabtree

Tablet placed by the Commonwealth Club of California and the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company

Site of The California Theatre
SFFD Engine Company #2 at 460 Bush
Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Office and Substation at 444 Bush

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The plaque is mounted on the wall near the main entrance to 444 Bush Street, built by Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in 1925 to house offices and a substation. Today, the building bears the logo of SBC.

The neighboring structure, SFFD Engine Company #2, is both San Francisco Landmark 143 and National Landmark 02000371.

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