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Crocker Mansions

 
 
Crocker Mansions Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 23, 2013
1. Crocker Mansions Marker
Inscription.
At this location, "1150" California Street, now the site of the Choir, stood William H. Crocker's Queen Anne style mansion (1888). The Deuxieme Empire-Italian Villa style mansion (1877) of his father, Charles Crocker, was at the N.W. corner of California & Taylor. Both buildings were destroyed in the earthquake and fire of 1906. Subsequently, the Crocker family, in consultation with the Rt. Rev. William Ford Nichols, second Bishop of California, donated this entire block as the site for Grace cathedral. The cornerstone was laid on January 24, 1910.

In commemoration of their generosity of spirit and in the presence of their descendants, Charles Crocker III and Charles de Limur, we dedicate this memorial.

The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing, Seventh Bishop of California
The Hon. Cyril Magnin, Chairman, Crocker Memorial Plaque Committee
The Very Rev. David M. Gillespie, Sixth Dean of Grace Cathedral
Caspar W. Weinberger, Jr., Chairman, Memorials Committee
Kip Clifford Lee-Bevier, Descendant, The Rt. Rev. William Ingraham Kip, First Bishop of California
Michael L. Ainslie, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Elizabeth Leona Downing-Olson, Honorary Chairman, Nob Hill Historical Society
Robert Downing-Olson, President, Nob Hill Historical Society
March
Grace Cathedral with Crocker Mansions Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 23, 2013
2. Grace Cathedral with Crocker Mansions Marker - Wide View
The marker is barely visible mounted on the exterior wall of the cathedral just to the right of the entrance.
15, 1983

 
Erected 1983.
 
Location. 37° 47.496′ N, 122° 24.816′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on California Street east of Jones Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1150 California Street, San Francisco CA 94108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Huntington Park/Fountain of the Tortoises (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Unsung Heros (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mark Hopkins Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art (approx. 0.2 miles away); Metropolitan Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Isadora Duncan (approx. 0.3 miles away); Miles Archer (approx. 0.3 miles away); Robert Louis Stevenson (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .
1. Crocker Spite Fence. SFgenealogy reproduces two contemporaneous newspaper articles on the spite fence. (Submitted on March 1, 2013.) 

2. Grace Cathedral, Crocker Fence, Along Taylor & Sacramento Streets, San Francisco. The Historic American Buildings Survey for the Crocker Fence (which surrounded the property,
Looking West Along California Street - Charles and William Crocker Mansions image. Click for full size.
By William Henry Jackson
3. Looking West Along California Street - Charles and William Crocker Mansions
This undated photo, courtesy of the Bancroft Library, shows both Crocker Mansions, with the more (in)famous mansion owned by Charles Crocker in the foreground, and the mansion owned by his son, William, set further back. The famed "spite fence", put up by Charles Crocker, is visible in the background on the right. Crocker had the fence erected in 1877 to enclose on 3 sides the property of Nicholas Yung, who had refused to sell his property to Crocker, and the fence stood until 1904. The spite fence and the mansion itself, were seen by many as the manifestations of excessive wealth and ego.
not to be confused with the "spite fence" referenced above). (Submitted on March 1, 2013.) 

3. The Palaces of the "Big Four": Crocker. The Examiner.com provides an overview of Charles Crocker and his San Francisco mansion. (Submitted on March 6, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
William Crocker Mansion - Ruins After the Earthquake and Fire of April 1906. image. Click for full size.
Unknown (image courtesy Huntington Library), 1906
4. William Crocker Mansion - Ruins After the Earthquake and Fire of April 1906.
Both Crocker Mansions were destroyed in the earthquake and fire of April 18-19th, 1906.
Crocker Mansions Fence image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 23, 2013
5. Crocker Mansions Fence
Significance: Constructed in 1877, the Crocker Fence is the only remnant left of Charles Crocker's Nob Hill mansion, considered one of the grandest in San Francisco during the 19th century. The fence is a rare, surviving example of a stone and cast-iron fence that typically surrounded the great 19th-century mansion in San Francisco, and is an excellent example of Victorian design with its intricate cast-iron and polished, sculpted granite.... - Historic American Building Survey
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2013, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 535 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 1, 2013, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2. submitted on March 4, 2013, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on March 5, 2013, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   4, 5. submitted on March 4, 2013, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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