Thursday, May 26, 2016

Potrero Hill

The Potrero neighborhood is known for its hills, and we walked plenty of them on this tour. I enjoyed the sweeping views on all sides, this one looking towards Twin Peaks and the Mission. I noticed that the overhead
wires have not yet been buried.

I had no idea of the existence of the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, called "The Nabe." The structure was designed and built by Julia Morgan in 1922. It is a Presbytarian-owned building and the space is available for event rental.

Community gardens abounded in the Potrero neighborhood. This one is called "The Benches" and is large and very well-kept. As the name implies, there are benches on both sides of the entrance to the garden. Lots of native plants!

My final stop was the St Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal church. The inside of the structure is round and painted on all sides with images of dancing saints. Their church services entail dancing around in a circle. The paintings are by iconographer, Mark Dukes. The saints represent Musicians, artists, writers, poets, dancers, workers, organizers, missionaries, princes, martyrs, spiritual teachers, protesters, prophets, reformers, judges, builders, conservationists, liberators, scholars, healers, soldiers, monastics, couples straight and gay, diplomats, planners, governors, and wild and domestic beasts.

Catching Up With City Guides Walks

I've gone on several walks since the Castro but have been too busy to write about them. The problem with postponing my essay is that factual information gleaned from these walks get fuzzy rather quickly. Here are some murky musings from past walks.

March 27. Above is the Grateful Dead house, which used have an open door policy for all sorts of musicians, poets and hippies but is now locked up and privately owned. It's a lovely example of a Victorian painted lady. This tour featured lessons in Victorian architecture, spending time in the area of the Panhandle where the Human Be-in was held (now the site for the annual 4/20 day) . The actual tour of the Haight was brief and inconsequential. 

  March 29. The City Hall and Civic Center tour covered quite a lot of ground for such a short tour. Above is a bust of my favorite mayor, beyond which you can glimpse the doors to the mayor's office. There is a sleepy security guard sitting to the side, but surprisingly little in the way of security. It was a beautiful week day and lots of weddings and stagings of wedding photos were happening. This really is the loveliest city hall in this country. Our guide told us that the square footage is actually larger than the Capitol Building in DC. Among the history lessons - the 1978 assassination of Mayor Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.