428 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Region: Potrero Hill
We love to educate friends whove recently moved to San Francisco, and among the best ways to do this is taking them to Sutro Heights and the ruins of Sutro Baths, both of which are just north of Ocean Beach. There we can show off all we know about the man for which theyre named Adolph Sutro, a Prussian immigrant and onetime S.F. mayor who made a fortune in silver mining in the late 19th century and who also owned and developed much of the citys western region. (Back then it was mostly sand dunes referred to as the outside lands.) We can point to the former site of his mansion as well as the rock walls overlooking the Pacific where he erected replicas of some of Europes best-known sculptures. Walking across the Great Highway, we can identify the remains of the baths, which included several pools of varying temperatures as well as slides, dives, and acrobatic apparatus, not to mention cultural and artistic exhibits from around the world. Sutro also created a museum, a library, and a number of parks. Photographer Don Ross is also fascinated by Sutro and his remnants. In Sutro San Francisco: The Outside Lands a Century Apart, he juxtaposes black-and-white photos from a 1910 survey of Sutros estate with his own shots of the same areas. He uses a 4-by-5-inch color camera, whose prints underscore the differences between today and what was (or wasnt) there before. Running concurrently is Fraction: 3 Years in the Making, an exhibit of photos selected from the past 28 issues of Fraction Magazine.
Aug. 11-Sept. 15, 2011
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