WESTERN ADDITION



Ordo Dracul Territory


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This area boasts its growth to major demographic changes, many occurring within the past 25 years. The earthquake of 1906 sprouted Japantown. The destruction of Freeway 101 during the earthquake of 1989 gave birth to culturally diverse quaint housing and everything from designer clothing stores to independent coffee houses in Hayes Valley.

Landmarks:
Archbishop's Mansion
Built in 1904 by the Catholic Church this mansion was the official residence of the Archbishop until 1945 when it was converted into a “boys home” (aka juvenile justice center). From 1972 to 1980 it served as a drug rehabilitation center and was finally restored to become an elegant 15 room bed and breakfast. It sits on the border of Alamo Square Park.
Alamo Square Park
This park sits on a hill with it’s six exquisitely maintained Victorian mansions it has become the backdrop for numerable movies, TV shows, and advertisements.
Davies Symphony Hall
Loved and loathed in equal measure by the citizens of San Francisco, this curving, glass-fronted concert hall was constructed in 1980 and named for Louise M. Davies, the philanthropist who donated a sizeable portion of the construction costs. It is home to the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Fillmore Street
The Western Addition gave birth to the music neighborhood of the city since the 1800's. Great jazz musicians/vocalist such as Charlie Parker to Billie Holiday played in the jazz and blues clubs along Fillmore Street. The same Fillmore Street that dominated the psychedelic music scene of the 1960's with acts at the Fillmore Auditorium orchestrated by the great Bill Graham himself to John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room.
Hayes Valley
The new gentrification of Hayes Valley boast of an urbane neighborhood filled with galleries, antique shops, restaurants and book nooks. While the New Conservatory Theatre Complex, the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum are all magnets for lovers of the avant-garde theater.
Japantown (Nihonmachi)
After the 1906 earthquake this area became the central encampment for the Japanese residents. It’s Cherry Blossom festival, held every year, is renowned. This year they are celebrating their Centennial.
Laurel Hill
The Laurel Heights area offers some of the largest homes in the city w/ a mix of upscale apartment buildings. Blessed with two very popular shopping areas, Laural Hts. Village as well as Sacramento St. one can find state of the art supermarkets, banks, one of the oldest coffee shops in San Francisco, second-hand shops, antiques store after store, small boutiques all within these two areas which run parallel to one another; and, of course a Starbucks.
War Memorial Opera House
Opened in 1932, the building was dedicated to the memory of local soldiers who died in World War I. In 1945 it was used for the signing of the U.N. Charter and the 1951 US treaty with Japan. It is home to the San Francisco Opera.

Features:
California Pacific Medical Center
Ella Hill Hutch Recreation Center
Fire Department Museum
Hayward Playground
Japanese Cultural & Trade Center
Jefferson Square
Kaiser Medical Center
Mt. Zion Hospital
Raymond Kimball Playground
St Mary's Hospital
University of San Francisco
Veterans Building

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