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San Francisco Grows
Far More Attractive
Nature's Rich Endowment Being Taken Ad
vantage of by Landscape Architects
And Builders
Warm discussion has been provoked
among architects and landscape gar
deners by Gelett Burgess' story of
"San Francisco the Joyous," which ap
peared in a recent number of a maga
In characteristically brilliant and
sparkling manner, Burgess, who is in
separably associated with the City that
Was, discloses much of the allurement
that dwells in San Francisco' which In
so many ways squandered her natural
dower. To the brilliant Bohemian, San
Francisco appears as a spoiled child,
who frequently vexes but never cares
to enchant.
"It still tries to become like other
cities," he says, '"yet never quite suc
ceeds. Still it wears away its corners
to make itself smooth and uniform, not
yet realizing its own value, its own
charms. It has fought against every
distinctive feature, from Chinatown to
the Cliff housp. But its innate vigor
of character has preserved it and will
preserve it long. For San Francisco
has elements In its blood which defy
Its naturalization as a 'typical , Ameri
can city. It has reasons for being 'dif
ferent.' "
The author speaks of the work of
Jasper O'Farrell, who, ignoring contour
lines, commanding eminences and in
vited terraces, "with puritanical zeal
only extended, crassly, the striped plan
of the original townsite of Terba
Buena. His rigid mind knew no pos
sible streets save straight ones cross
ing at mathematical angies."
O'Farrell's successor, Jean Vioget, in
spires similar reflections. "Hβ allowed
no compromise, his streets took their
straight and narrow way up hi!!, down
dale, apross marsh and valley, without
regard to beauty or expense. There
they stay, hacked out of the earth and
rock, precipitous, inaccessible, gro
tesque. So the city, like a severely cut,
fashionable but unbecoming gown, cov
ers the shoulders of a wonderful natu
ral landscape as a hobble skirt might
fit itsetf to the caprices of a brown
eyed gypsy."
"A Pan Franciscan can understand
Mr. Burgees," said Duncan McDufne
yesterday afternoon, "but to outsiders
Lend Their Indorsement to the Amendm?nts
Proposed for Municipal Improvements
Practically without exception, the
Improvement clubs of San Francisco
are putting aside their local interests
for the time being and devoting them
selves to discussions of the merits
and faults of the proposed charter
amendments which will be voted on
next Tuesday. Most of these have
met with their approval, as measures
vital to the immediate needs of the
city, or projects desirable for better
government of the city.
The South Central Improvement as
sociation devoted the greater part of
its last meeting to discussion of char
ter amendments. P. Corkery, chairman
of the police and sanitation commit
tpo of the association, reported that
during the last two weeks, twelve
insanitary stractures of the south
central districts were removed by the
board of public works. In regard to
the repaying of Harrison street from
Kighth to Tenth, he reported that this
is now in the course of construction,
and the block from Tenth to Eleventh
will ho finished as soon as possible.
Will ham Kaish, chairman of the street
William Raisch, chairman of the street
is being regraded and bituminizffl, and
requested that the board of public
works bo asked to set the official
grade of Twelfth street from Folsom
to Tlarrison, as it is believed the tracks
<.f the Ocean Shore railroad axe above
tli* given grade at this point.
Ll\« ."OL.V I'IUK
The Lincoln Park Improvement club
m<H tills week at its new quarters do
nated for th« uee of the club by the
Richmond Proshyterian church at Cle
ment street and Thirty-first avenue.
Charter amendments wer<> taken up
and the following speakers from out
side appeared: G. E. Bordman, N. N.
Glemner. M. Wedimeyer. E. P. E. Troy,
v. Lα Scott and S. J. Spear. A commit
tee to look into the question of a man
aging staff for the Gf>a-ry street rail
way was appointed. The club la in
lerpsted in the route of the line west
of Thirty-third avenue, believing that
It would" be a great loss of revenue to
divert the direction from the straight
line because of the building up of the
western part of Thirty-third avenue
and the travel which would come from
Fort Miley. Arguments were also ad
vanced for building around the Balboa
street route, but not at the expense of
the main line.
The secretary's report for November
of the North Central Improvement as
sociation announces that the charter
amendments increasing taxation are
disapproved. It was decided to give
particular support to charter amend
ment 34. relating to street railway and
other public utility franchises. The
streets committee of the board of su
pervisors has referred the matter of
widening Montgomery street to the city
attorney for a decision as to whether
the property owners or the city would
have to stand the expense. The asso
ciation has filed a list of etreets re
quiring repaying and have included in
it practically every block in the down
town district for the basalt blocks to
be grouted with asphaltic cement, ex
cept those already paved with asphalt.
The association is taking up the mat
ter of automobile mail service in the
city to. see if deliveries may be accel
erated by auto service from the ferries
to the postofflce.
Resolutions indorsing recommenda
tion of the Chamber of Commerce, real
estate board and Civic League of Im
provement clubs in regard to the char
ter amendments were passed by the
Oceanside Improvement association at
its meeting of December 5. It was also
strongly urged that residents of the
district vote in favor of the acquisi
tion of the Sutro properties at the
election of December 20.
A compromise plan for the proposed
change in the grades of Army street,
San Bruno avenue and several of the
principal thoroughfares in the vicinity
of the Potrero Noevo hills has been
prepared by the city engineer's office
at the request of the Mission Promo
tion association's committee on road
improvements, and has been submitted
to the board of public works and the
streets and sewers committee of the
board of supervisors for approval.
The present scheme of grading will
unfamiliar with the recent architectu
ral and landscape work of this city a
false impression will be created by his
very entertaining essay.
"As a matter of fact, the character
as well as the volume of building "in
t>an Francisco since the fire has at
tracted the admiration of artist-engi
neers everywhere. There have been
mistakes, we all admit—jvjst as there
was the Cogswell statue. But the Cogs
well statue was roped and pulled down
by outraged artists (and where wouid
this have happened but in San Fran
cisco?) and so are the original archi
tectural sins being atoned for in the
permanent buildings of the city.
"San Francisco has found an inspira
tion in every handicap that a few mis
guided pioneers placed upon her es
thetic development, for in contending
with adverse conditions her artists and
architects have been forced to accom
plish things incomparably individual.
"In the new residence district of St.
Francis Wood the very fact that the
possibilities of the forest escaped at
tention so long has been a great bless
ing. It has given us a residential com
munity site not only more beautiful
than anything else in California, but
something distinctly San Franciscan. A
forest in the midst of a city, with the
fleet streams of commerce flowing by
on all sides, it appears in its delightful
fsolation like one of the beautiful Ital
ian islands that the tourist admires
from the mainland shore of the laks.
"It is this inspiration that has been
followed by the landscape engineers.
Contour lines have been respected in
laying out the roads, so that theMspect
of St. Francis Wood, with the villas
showing through the natural forest
from slopes and knolls, will be almost
as beautiful as the outlook from the
Wood itself, going over silhouette of
the trees to the sea, or back upon the
groves of the hills, or down upon the
silver surface of Lake Merced."
Residence builders , have caught the
spirit of the new order of things and
worked out their ideals in other sec
tions of the city. This is particularly
noticeable in the residential parks in
the Richmond district, as well as in
Forest Hill and at Ingleside.
render feasible the plans for the widen
ing, paving and improving of these
thoroughfares which have been pre
pared by the committee in conjunction
with the engineering department of
the board of public works. This bet
terment has been long agitated by
the association because it is felt that
the impassable condition of these
thoroughfares has been a drawback to
the commercial development of the
Mission district. Vehicular traffic over
San Bruno avenue, one of the principal
outlets of Ran Mateo county, has been
rendered almost impossible during the
winter months on account of the im
passable condition of the road.
Following the approval of the plans
by the public works commissioners the
• Mission Promotion association will re
quest the board of supervisors to ap
propriate sufficient funds for the pav
ing and general "improving of these
The Duboce Park and Halght Street
Improvement club discussed proposed
improvements for Haight street and vi
cinity at its last meeting, including a
scheme for lighting Haight and Flllmore
streets. President Harry I. Mulcrevy
presided, and addresses were made by
Peter J. Owen, superintendent of street
cleaning, and Edward L. Nolan, chair
man of the lighting committee of the
board of supervisors.
The Golden Gate Valley Improvement
association at its meeting on Wednes
day evening decided to petition Post
master Fisk for three mail deliveries
a day for the district, instead of two.
as at present. The association has sent
a letter of thanks to the police com
missioners for closing the dance hall
in Grand View hotel in Union street
near Fillmore. Members of the board
of supervisors will discuss the bond
election with the association "VVednea
; day evening, December 18.
Buy Early and By Telephone
Early Christmas Shopping
Shop early and you will make life happier
for the shop girls, the delivery drivers and
the other employes of the stores.
Shop early and you will get better goods and
better satisfaction.
Shop early and by telephone and you will
save yourself much time and much trouble.
All the up-to-the-minute stores pay particu
larly careful attention to orders from tele
phone shoppers.
Milton Getz House in West
Clay Park Has Many
Attractive Features
Milton E. Getz, one of the early
buyers in West Clay park, secured a
corner of more than 70x125 feet at the
Lake street and Twenty-fourth avenue
gate. It is here that J. E. Kraft & Sons,
architects, are constructing for him the
most expensive residence yet attempted
in that park.
The house is designed in the modern
French architecture. It is a pressed
brick structure. The exterior design
depends wholly on straight structural
lines for the effect.
The house contains 12 rooms and five
baths in addition to servants' quarters.
The library is 28x19 feet and is finished
in solid mahogany. The reception hall.
15:6x17:6, and the dining room, 25x18
feet, are in quarter sawed oak. The
kitchen is arranged with butler's
pantry, servants' dining room, pantry,
inclosed porch, etc. The reception hall
has Its coat closet and lavatory opening
from it.
On the second floor Is a main bed
room, 28x16, with connecting bath and
separate dressing room, equipped with
wardrobes and full length mirrors all
around the walls. In addition there are
three bedrooms, each with private baths
and commodious closets.
The attic contains three servants'
rooms, with bath, large spare room and
nursery. On this floor is one of the
most interesting features of the house—
a large room with connecting pergola
porch that commands an unsurpassed
view over the Presidio, the bay and
the ocean. A garage for three ma
chines Is in the rear, equipped with
a gasoline outfit, work bench and ward
Cbarles Varni to William Varni, lots 18 end
10. block 2. Syndicate's first addition; $10.
Crocker Estate company to Joseph I). Fraser,
lot 4, block J, addition to Castro street addition
and Glpb- Park terrace; $10.
August F. Schuppwt and wif* to Excrtsior
Realty bdc! Investment company, lot at NE cor- |
ncr of Jackson uud Stockton streets, N 34:3 by
E 96:9: $10.
l.hl Estate company to Adolph Unl, lot In S
lino of Goary street, 165 E of Powell, E 53 by I
8 137 :«; $10.
J. C. Cleveland and wife to George F. Volgbt,
lot in S line of Valley street, 130 W of Castro, ]
W 25 by S 114; $10.
Rivers Brothers to W. H. Milholland, lots 29
to 32, block 30, Lakeview; $10.
John Wallace to Kate Wallace, lot line of
Noriega street, 57:6 W of Seventeenth avenue,
W 50 by N 100; $10.
Egon A. Weil and wife to Alfred Solarl, lot
in E line of Parker avenue, 123 S of Geary ,
street. S 25 by E 103; $10.
Wiiliam Cooke to William T. Rowley and wife,
lot in SW lin.; of Girard street, 123 NW of
Dwigbt, NW 25 by SW 120: $10.
Mary E. Volz to Edwin D. Bennett, third In
terest in lot in W line of Valencia street, 75 N
of Ridlty, N 25 by W 90; $10.
Samuel C. Syraon and wife to William Mnir. j
haif interest In lot in W line of Battery street, |
100 S of Union, S 25 by W 120; $10.
George Wielen to David W. Cronln, lot 7. j
brock 6, Reis tract; $10.
Joseph H. Mooser et al. to Mary J. Mahoney, |
lot in S line of Filbert* street. 100 VT of Larkin,
W 37:6 by 8 50; $10,
Harry O'Donnell td Lena O'Donnell, lot 11,
block 6, and lots 38, 89, 40 and 41, block 52,
Reis tract; $10.
Frank Toso and wife to Knot Anderson, lot In
NW line of Naples street, 150 NE of Russia ave
nue, NE 125 by NW 100; $10.
Sam R. Yelich to Frank Agnew, lot 11, block
4ft, Reis tract, and one other piece: $10.
The Greater City Lumber company to Clarence
W Scull and wife, lot in W line of Fortieth
avenue, 275 Nof B street, N2sby W 120; $ .
Albert Meyer to same, same; $10.
Edward V. Allen to Mary Allen, lot in S line
of Liberty street, 100 E of Castro, E 25 by S
114; gift.
O. G. Sage and wife to Franklin L. Colton,
lot in W line of Ninth avenue. 150 N of Cali
fornia street, N 25 by W 120; $10.
Dinah Phillips et al. to AUie Haiiies. lot In
E line of Brodeiick street, 100 S of Fulton. S
25 by E 112:6; $100.
Grace B. Auger to Abraham Pentlner, lot in S
line of McAllister street, 220 W of Broderiek.
W 27:6 by S 137:6; $10.
Estate of Rosa Kawalek (deceased) to John F.
Comyns, lot in NW line of Natoma street, 200
NE of Seventh, NE 25 by NW 75; $2,900.
Celia Coy to same, same; $ .
John F. Couayns to Joseph R. O'Donnell, same;
William Sbarpe and wife to Selma Bishop, lot
in E lfce of Ninth avenue, 175 S of Noriega
street. S 25 by E 120; $10.
Emily F. KUnxm et al. to Oharlee F. Bayer,
lots 543 and 545, gift map 1; $10.
Charles H. Hammond to Edith H. Williams,
lot in NW line of Tehama street, 325 SW of
Fifth, 28:1x75; gift.
Same to same, lot in E line of Thirty-second
avenue, 275 N or Taraval street, N 50 by E 120;
gift. •
Academy of Sacred Heart to Roman Catholic
archbishop lot at SW corner of Ellis and Fran
cisco streets. W 275 by S 120; $80,000.
Estate of Celestla Hyatt (decensed , * to John
J. Ford, lot 12, block 13, Supnyrale Homestead
association, and one other piece: $325.
Jacob Kamm to Caroline A. Kamm, lot in SJ3
line of Market Btreet, 125 SW of Third, SW !50,
SE 170, NE 80, NW 70, S W3O. NW 100; gift.
Clinton E. Worden company to ToWne Realty
company, lot at SW corner of California and
Taylor streets, W 137:6 by 8 137:6; $10.
Whittell Realty company to same, lot at SE
corner of California and Jones streets, S 137:6 by
E 137:6; $10. *
Anna C. Galbraith to Sarah A. Helnemann et
al., lot in N line of Grove street. 81 ;3 E of Cen
tral avenue, E 05 by N 100, reserving life estate;
Building Contract*
Thr president and board of trustees of St.
Ignatius college with A. Knowles and Butte
Engineering and Electric company — Lathing,
plastering and electrical work for church build
ing at NE corner of Fulton street and Parker
avrnue; «50,133.
Tue Board Realty company with Brandt &
Stevens—All work except elevators for a six
story and basement brick building at SE corner
of Ellis and Jones streets; $66,300.
Susan C. Palmer with J. W. Carr—All work
! for 1 story garag* building in E line of Van
Ness avenue, 31 S of Bnsh street; $13,780.
The S. & G. Gump Realty company with Ira
W. Coburn, Inc.—To erect a seven story and
basement class C lodging house at NE corner of
Geary and Jones streets; $72,300.
The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Fran
cisco with Central Iron works—Steel framing
f>>r church building In N line of Bush street, W
of Chatham place; $2,906.
Adelaide Brown with R. L. Tnrner —To erect
a three story and basement residence at NW
corner of Sixteenth avenne and Lake street, N
100 by W 57:6: $3,775.
\ siueNde/T Prison Was "Heaven**
*- *4«il ■ ~"jir~~iMi iw^iii^ii
To This Fellow
W Imagine a man pleading for a life term
in the penitentiary.
<fc Imagine him seeking solitary confine-
ment as the greatest possible boon.
Imagine him—no, don't try to imagine
Rf=3E!Sjl any further. Let
Bi ' igjy Mr. Irwin, who is the author of
"The Letters of a Japanese Schoolboy, ,,
has written a corking humorous short
story, called "Free Speech, ,, for the
/jar Buy it! Read it! If you have any sense
Jf3Ebj£Z/ °* humor at all, you'll get the best laugh
you've had in /ears.
ra W "Free is one of sixteen stories
m the December RED BOOK MAGA
| ZINE. The others are by
The greatest gathering of short-story writers ever pre
sented in any one magazine. This is an "All-Star ,, number of.
the greatest short-story magazine in the world.
Price 15 cents
Actual construction work on the new i
city hall will begin March 1. The
clearing of the site, bounded by Van ;
Ness avenue, McAllister, Polk and
Grove streets, will be started Decem- j
bcr 15*
The last of the land needed for the '
work was acquired this week and the j
last of the necessary resolutions for ■
the civic center work was adopted at
the meeting: of the board of super- |
visors. In that resolution a total of j
! $286,587 was set aside for the purchase j
jof the remaining parcels needed.
Altogether, it was necessary to ex
pend $1,309,178, which embraced 24 j
separate pieces of property. Of these
but one went through the full course !
of condemnation proceedings. Bet ween
the old and new city hall sites th.ro
Start I
S\ the I
fe? 3 Perfection I
'Ufa , J I I I r p- :
OLEEPING with the |j
\ windows open is a "first |j
I J( aid" to health and beauty.
1 O . But it makes getting up in
the morning a chilly ordeal.
With a Perfection SmoVelcM Oi) Heater you drete |
in comfort on the coldest day.
f: A touch of a match, and the Perfection is aglow in ft
,; minute. Later, you can carry it to any other room, and
breakfast, read or sew in comfort.
In fact, a Perfection Heater is just as good as a fire.
I and much cleaner and more convenient.
Hla m hmnJeom* *•«'•». <o*. A«A y*r dmmler to ,horn ym
m Fer/»cti»n, mr writ* for dt*crim*iv emtmlogu:
Excellent proffrese is being: made In
the second subdivision of the Crocker
Amazon tract. A few weeks will see
the sidewalks and streetwork com
pleted, including- the laying of all
service mains. The artistic pergrola
which is under construction in the civio
center will prove a very attractive and
useful adornment, as aside from its
beauty effect provision is being made
for a streetcar waiting room.
While the last yore lot in the civfo
center, which is .set aside as business
property, was sold this week, since the
opening of the tract the popular de
mand has been found in the $500 and
$700 lots, two blocks of which have
been entirely sold. A very satisfac
tory percentage of these purchaser*
have acquired sites with the idea of
improving them with homes, many of
which are now under construction. The
grore lot will be improved with an
apartment and store building.

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