California Historical Landmarks in San Francisco
California Historical Landmark 84
Bryant Street and Rincon Alley
A fashionable neighborhood in the 1880's, Rincon Hill was the home of William Tecumseh Sherman, William C. Ralston, William Gwin, H.H. Bancroft and others. By the 1880's the hill, already partially leveled, became a working class district. Today it is nearly invisible beneath the Bay Bridge. This plaques is mounted on the retaining wall of St. Mary's Hospital, built in 1861 but destroyed in the fire of 1906.
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 84
Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Yerba Buena Chapter of E Clampus Vitus and Charles Albert Shumate, April 18, 1981.
Photograph and caption courtesy of UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library.
Construction of One Rincon Hill began on 10 November 2005 after the 1955 clock tower building - visible in the first photograph on this page - was razed.
Like the Transamerica Pyramid, One Rincon Hill stands free of other skyscrapers, and both buildings can be seen from many vantages in San Francisco, not always to good effect. Both buildings appear at their best when viewed from a boat in the San Francisco Bay.
During construction, when the land around Rincon Alley was regraded, the plaque was removed and not replaced.
Some Missing California Plaques
When we visited the following sites, we were unable to locate a California commemorative plaque.
At some sites, it appeared that a California plaque had never been erected. At other sites, there was a base, but the plaque itself was missing. Some sites without California plaques had other historic markers, but they did not note that the site is a California Historical Landmark.
Frémont's Camp, Modoc County
Frog Woman Rock, Mendocino County
Glencoe (Mosquito Gulch) , Calaveras County
Giant Powder Company Site, San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco and Marin Counties
Portolá Camp at Martini Creek, Montara
Portolá Camp at Pilarcitos Creek, Half Moon Bay
Portolá Camp at Pulgas Water Temple, San Mateo County
Portolá Camp at Purisima Creek, Half Moon Bay
Portolá Camp at San Gregorio State Beach, San Gregorio