by Richard Brandi
This photograph shows how the development of West Portal's planned communities differed from the rest of San Francisco: exclusively residential areas, curving streets, and landscaping (with some trees transplanted from the 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition).
The first house built in West Portal was for a Dr. Strubes at a cost of $14,000. (1)
Image: Claremont Court and a barren West Portal Avenue, looking south from Edgehill in 1920. Courtesy of the Greg Gaar collection.
Bibliography: (1) San Francisco Chronicle, October 14, 1916, page 13.
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