San Francisco Landmarks

San Francisco Landmark #6: Old St. Patrick’s Church

Holy Cross Sunday School Hall

Oldest frame church building in San Francisco

The original St. Patrick's Church built in 1854 upon the present site of the Palace Hotel from materials brought around the horn.

Moved to Eddy Street & served as pro-cathedral 1885 to 1891. Moved to present location 1891 where it became Holy Cross Parish Church until 1899 - one hundred years of service have been completed.

Marker placed by Native Daughters of the Golden West
June 20, 1954

Both Photos 26 July 2007
(Click Photos to Zoom)

San Francisco Landmark #6
Old St. Patrick's Church
1820 Eddy Street at Scott
Built 1854

The oldest frame church building standing in San Francisco.

Originally constructed in 1854 on the south side of Market Street between Second and Third where the Palace Hotel stands today, it was the second church for the Parish of Saint Patrick. The third St. Patrick's Church is on Mission Street between Third and Fourth.

In 1873, the building was moved to Eddy Street, between Laguna and Octavia to serve as the church building for Saint John the Baptist Parish. In 1891, it was moved to its present site to serve as the church for the Holy Cross Parish until 1899 when a new church was consecrated, and the old wooden church became the Parish Hall. Both buildings survived the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.

The 1854 church and the 1899 church have been reincarnated as Buddhist temples.

Buildings that Moved

It's not just that the people of the American West are restless, the buildings themselves sometimes pack up and move when - for one reason or another - the neighborhood no longer suits them or the neighbors no longer want them or opportunity waits down the road.

And when buildings remain in place, they are often searching for their identities.

Acting Superintendent's Office, Yosemite
Alford-Nielson House, Ferndale
Alpine Hotel, Markleeville
Ashland Depot Hotel, Ashland, Oregon
Bagby Stationhouse, El Portal

Bayview Hotel, Aptos
Bridgeport Elementary School, Mono County
Carter House, Ashland, Oregon
Christian Church, Gilroy
Colfax Freight Depot (Moved Twice), Colfax

Commodore Watkins House, Atherton
Croll Building, Alameda
Dallam-Merritt House, San Francisco
Errea House, Tehachapi
Galarneaux House, Sacramento

Glendale School (Moved Twice), Sparks, Nevada
Hostess House, Palo Alto
Hodgdon Homestead Cabin, Yosemite
House at 2214 Clay Street, San Francisco
Hutton House, Saratoga

Independence Hall, Woodside
J & T Basque Restaurant, Gardnerville, NV
Jax Truckee Diner (Moved Twice), Truckee
Jorgensen Studio, Yosemite
Lake Mansion (Moved Twice), Reno
Lathrop House, Redwood City

LeConte Memorial Lodge, Yosemite
Little Church on the Hill, Oakhurst
Mansion House Hotel, Watsonville
Marcus Books and Jimbo's Bop City, San Francisco
McCredie House, Central Point, Oregon

Methodist Episcopal Church, Placerville
Migliavacca Mansion, Napa
Milton Masonic Hall, Milton
Moab Cabin, Moab, Utah
Mt. Buckingham School, Darrah

Nevada-California-Oregon Railway Depot, Alturas
Old Log Jail (Moved Twice), Markleeville
Old Mammoth Saloon (Moved Twice), Mammoth Lakes
Old North San Juan School, North San Juan
Old St. Patrick's Church (Moved Twice), San Francisco

Perry's Dry Goods, Gardnerville, NV
Phelps House (Moved Twice), San Francisco
Rengstorff House, Mountain View
Reno Arch (Moved Five Times), Reno
Roper House, Ashland, Oregon

St. James Catholic Church, Georgetown
Sylvester House , San Francisco
Tubbs Cordage Company, San Francisco
Tucker House, Martinez
Twenty Mile House, Cromberg

United Methodist Church, Nevada City
Wood House, Modesto
Yosemite Transportation Company
Yosemite Valley Chapel

Of the buildings and structures we have visited, the original Reno Arch holds the record for number of moves. It has been moved five times since it was built in 1926.

Jax Truckee Diner holds the distance title. The building moved from New Jersry to Pennsylvanis in 1948, then from Pennsylvania to Califonia in 1992.

Probably the most ambitious relocation occurred on July 4th 1904, when the Southern Pacific Railroad loaded most of the town of Wadsworth, Nevada, onto rail cars and transported the town thirty miles west to create a new town which became known as Sparks.

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