Saint Patrick's Church, on Mission Street between 3rd and 4th, standing in
the shadow of the Marriot Hotel, was built in 1872 to replace the original
Saint Patrick's on Market Street. It was gutted in 1906 and rebuilt minus
the original spire. The church, which once had 30,000 parishioners, is a
lonely reminder that SOMA was a heavily Irish working class neighborhood.
Today the parishioners are mostly Filipino. The pre-1906 Saint Patrick's
with its original spire can be clearly seen in the famous 1878 Muybridge
Panoramic photograph of San Francisco that was taken from the top of the
Mark Hopkins mansion on Nob Hill. To view this panorama, go to my web site
http://www.ronhenggeler.com/ and at the bottom on the home page, in the SAN
FRANCISCO HISTORY section, click on Muybridge 1878 Panorama. Saint Patrick's
appears in the #6 panel.To view the entire panorama as a single page, click
the blue word HERE. It's a big file, and takes time to load, but it's worth
A seventeen foot long print of the photo can be seen during business hours
at the BIG 4 Restaurant in the Huntington Hotel on Nob Hill, and at the
Wells Fargo Museum on Montgomery Street between Clay and Sacramento.
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