Feb 27
Mapping ChangePark Branch Library
1833 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
February 27th, 2019 6:30-7:30PM
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During the New Deal, the San Francisco Planning Department commissioned a large-scale model of the city, complete with buildings, trees and roads. The model was kept in crates for decades, like a time capsule of San Francisco in the late 1930s. The model is filled with detail, but how can we evaluate it as a historical record? Luckily, we have data and tools we can use to compare the model to the living city. During this program, we will use 1938 aerial photographs of The Haight, The Panhandle and Alamo Square to analyze the model for completeness, accuracy and detail. Then, using modern satellite imagery, we will investigate how the city has changed over the past 80 years.
Mar 23
San Francisco Model of 1938 and the HaightPark Branch Library
1833 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
March 23rd, 2019 3-4:30PM
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Woody LaBounty will give a presentation on the massive, 3-D scale model of San Francisco created by the Works Progress Administration in the late 1930s. Described by someone recently as "a pre-Internet Google Street View," the mostly-wood 37' x 40' model depicts every structure standing in the city at the time. Parks, lakes, theatres, schools, and even the color schemes of individual houses are accurately represented. Today, the model provides a fascinating historical viewpoint of a San Francisco both familiar and alien at the same time. Woody will explain the purpose and creation of the model as well as point out highlights, changes, and the development of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood using sections of the model on display in the branch.