Tuesday, September 11, 2012

San Francisco Girls' Union Hotel

Woman standing in the rubble
of the San Francisco earthquake
San Francisco Girls' Union Hotel

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Opened: 1902

Closed: Apparently destroyed by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake

I haven't been able to find out anything about this hotel apart from a 1902 article in the Clinton Morning Age announcing its opening. I think it is safe to assume that this structure was destroyed by the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, as I have seen elsewhere that only one hotel survived that disaster...and this one was not it.


San Franciso Has One Recently
Erected by the Girls' Union
of that City.

Under the auspices of the San Francisco Girls' union a hotel exclusively for women has been erected and the members of the organization are congratulating themselves upon their new possession. The union has been in existence since 1884 and was formed for the purpose of aiding self-dependent, self-respecting girls to live in nice surroundings at a cost in accordance with their needs. The society has had a house for some time, but it is not to be compared with the new hotel. The home is self-supporting and an average of 40 wage-earning women call it home. In the hotel 80 rooms are to be rented, the price per month ranging from four dollars to six dollars. The board is $12 per month. The rooms are well furnished and commodious and each has a stationary washstand. The house is exceedingly well planned and provisions have been made for classrooms, as the union proposes to conduct classes in literature, music, sewing, typewriting and other subjects.

There is not a lot of readily available information on the San Francisco Girls' Union. For those interested in finding out more, this is a good place to start.

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