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North Beach Place, Bounded by Bay Street, Mason Street, Francisco Str, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA



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Location
Francisco Str, San Francisco, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2727
Building/structure dates: 1950 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 2001 demolished
Significance: North Beach Place was a public housing project that occupied two city blocks in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco for 50 years. Designed in 1941-42, delayed by WWII, and constructed 1950-52, it was one of the early housing projects in the city. Originally, occupancy was intended to be restricted to Caucasians, according to neighborhood patterning policy then in place; but a successful lawsuit by the NAACP overturned this policy. For many years the housing project was occupied by a mix of Asian, African-American, and Caucasian residents. Generally harmonious relations existed among residents, staff, and the surrounding neighborhood until the crack cocaine epidemic of the mid-1980s. The project has long had ties with a non-profit service organization, the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center...

Subjects
International Style Architectural Elements
African Americans
Public Housing


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
Exterior oblique view of the north side of Buildings 1, 2 and 3 from across Bay Street, looking southwest
Exterior direct view of the north side of stair no. 3 from across Bay Street, looking southeast
Exterior oblique view from courtyard at juncture of south side of Building 3, southwest corner of stair no. 3, and west side of Building 8, looking northeast
Exterior oblique 2nd floor view of north side of stair no. 3 from 2nd floor balcony of Building 2, looking southwest
Exterior direct view of north side of stair no. 3 (showing half-round 3-story trash dump tower) from balcony of Building 3, looking east
Exterior oblique view of north side of Buildings 4, 5, and 13, from northwest corner of Bay and Taylor Streets, looking southwest
Exterior direct view of north side of stair no. 6 between Building 4 and Building 5, from across Bay Street, looking south
Exterior oblique view of stair no. 13-C at Building 11, from corner between Building 11 and Building 4, looking southeast
Exterior direct view of north side of stair no. 7, between Building 5 and Building 13, from across Bay Street, looking south


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