January 25, 2005

A bit of SF history...

After the Earthquake and fire of 1906 left about 200,000 people homeless, the City of San Francisco built more than 5,000 of these simple cottages. Working class families in the refugee camps could haul a cottage to a vacant lot and live in it for $2 a month. The money went into a trust fund, and when the family leased or bought a lot, the money was returned to them.

Cottages built afer SF Earthquake
There are just a handful of them left, usually encrusted with additions so the original cottage is invisible... A few are being restored to their original condition.

Posted by John Weidner at January 25, 2005 9:46 PM
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