“Cliff House has had five major incarnations since its beginnings in 1858. In 1896, Adolph Sutro built a new Cliff House, a seven story Victorian Chateau, called by some “the Gingerbread Palace”, below his estate on the bluffs of Sutro Heights. Great throngs of San Franciscans arrived on steam trains, bicycles, carts and horse wagons on Sunday excursions.

The House burned to the ground on the evening of September 7, 1907″

- Wikipedia

Image via Jon Pope: "An actual photograph, found in a Salvation Army store in Homer, Alaska"

Image via Jon Pope: “An actual photograph, found in a Salvation Army store in Homer, Alaska”

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Cliff House

Cliff House

5 Responses

  1. Seth Seitch

    This was a location in a game I played once. I can’t remember which one.

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  2. Brian gonigAl

    I’m pretty sure this house was featured on the cover of a lesser Blue Oyster Cult album.

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  3. KC

    Amazing, because I’ve owned the LP “Imaginos” since it came out in the late 1980s. I always assumed the image on the cover was the work of an Illustrator who manipulated a photo. Never expected it to be a real place!

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  4. AJNess

    On the other side were the Sutro Baths. One descendef a long stairdase to the beach level. Ther were three swimming pools: salt water, warm salt water and clear water irrc. Along the stairway were cases with stuffed birds. It must have been the 50s when I went there, regulary.

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