Hotels: Palace Hotel



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The Palace Hotel opened on 10/02/1875. It was the largest hotel in the western U.S. and the tallest building in San Francisco at the time. Left: Unknown publisher 11, private mailing card postmarked SF 3/01/1901. Next: Mitchell 49, dated 9/29/1904, postmarked NY 10/03/1904. Next: Weidner 147, postmarked SF 10/dd/1904. Right: Charlton, pre-quake view written five days after the quake on 4/23/1906.



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These cards show the pre-quake Palace Hotel Court. Left: Detroit 8115 © 1904. Next: Britton & Rey 481, postmark year not printed; ca. 1904. Next: Weidner 117, undivided back, ca. 1905. Right: Weidner 117, post-quake caption, divided back, ca. 1907. Weidner Catalog shows one additional Weidner 117 variant (no AutoChrom logo, undivided back). See below for post-quake and much later Palm Court and Garden Court postcards.



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The Palace was badly damaged by the fire following the 1906 earthquake. After considerable debate, the surviving structure was demolished rather than rebuilt. Left: Weidner 216. Next: Rieger, postmarked 8/08/1907. Next: Weidner 215, written 5/05/1907. Right: SF Sunday Examiner. Not shown: Rotograph.



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Left: SF Sunday Examiner. The "Baby Palace", a small hotel at Post/Leavenworth (NW corner), opened six months after the earthquake and served as a temporary Palace Hotel for about eight months.. Right: Britton & Rey 1083. In July 1907, the Palace leased the rebuilt Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill. The caption idenitifies it as "Fairmont Hotel, under the Management of Palace Hotel Company".



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The new Palace Hotel, built on the site of the original Palace, opened on 12/19/1909. Left: Newman V183. Next: Unknown publisher 392. Next: Palace. Right: Woolworth.



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Left: Palace shows the Palm Court in b+w. Next: Schwabacher-Frey shows Lotta's Fountain restaurant. Both are undated. Next: Curteich 2A539, postmarked SF 5/13/1932. Right: Sheraton-Palace shows the Garden Court for a 1959 Christmas event.



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