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golden gate park in the context of san francisco history

the conservatory of flowers in golden gate park

The Conservatory of Flowers is the emblem and pride of Golden Gate Park.  With its elegant symmetry, white-washed glass panes and delicate wooden fretwork it commands an imposing prospect overlooking formal flowerbeds and gracious green lawns.  More than anything else, the Conservatory establishes the park’s nineteenth century pedigree, … Continue reading

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“The Ball Thrower” in Golden Gate Park

“The Ball Thrower,” a bronze statue on the south side of JFK Drive across from the Conservatory of Flowers, is one of my favorites among the many sculptures scattered throughout Golden Gate Park.  Not only is it a delightful character study … Continue reading

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Shakespeare in the Park

Here’s a lovely article about the Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park.   Reminds me that I’ve been meaning to revisit this little gem.  When the rain stops  .  .  . “An Afternoon with the Bard in Golden Gate Park … Continue reading

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runaway horse causes havoc in golden gate park (Feb. 21, 1886)

Looking at pictures like this one (South Drive, Golden Gate Park, probably dating to the late nineteenth century, SFPL/AAA-8339), it’s tempting to romanticize the park before the advent of the automobile.  But the following hair-raising report from the San Francisco … Continue reading

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The Very Old Hospital in Golden Gate Park

Here’s an interesting bit of Golden Gate Park history, courtesy of sfcurbed.com. “Tucked in the parking lot of Kezar Stadium is the Park Emergency Hospital. Originally built in 1902 as the first permanent emergency hospital in San Francisco, it’s since … Continue reading

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people-watching in Golden Gate Park, 1888

People-watching is a popular, free entertainment that has been available in Golden Gate Park since it first opened to the public in the 1870s.  Here’s one observer’s report on the show that was running on Oct. 8, 1888 (San Francisco … Continue reading

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Closing the park overnight

This week the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a long-discussed plan to close the park to the public from midnight to 5 a.m., citing vandalism and dumping as concerns.  City leaders approve overnight park closure plan | http://www.ktvu.com Opponents … Continue reading

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