11 Classic San Francisco Photos Found On Google Street View

Have you ever looked at a photo taken in the 60s or 70s in a major city and wistfully said “I wish I could have seen that?” I’ve done it plenty with photos of New York City or other places, especially places where I’ve lived.

I recently came across some amazing photos by Dave Glass, who is the father of HotPads employee Judah. Dave has traveled the world and his photos on Flickr show amazing views into cities far and near, including both lifestyle scenes and portraits. As I gazed wistfully, I started thinking “I wonder what these look like now, and wouldn’t it be cool to go find all of them?” Since I was sitting at my desk, I decided to pull them up on Google Street View. Two hours later, I was hooked.

I think it’s important as cities change to never forget where the city has come from. In recent months, a lot has been reported about tech buses being stopped on their way south amidst the “class wars” currently happening in San Francisco. The city is changing. This post isn’t meant to comment on that. Instead, let’s take a very real look at the changes that have happened.

Here are 20 of Dave’s amazing San Francisco images, used with his permission from Flickr, also shown in images from Google Street View. Be sure to check out his Views of San Francisco set especially, from where these are taken.


24th and Shotwell, Mission District

George’s Market in 1981 and present day. Some things don’t change, including the Pepsi sign. The graffiti is gone, though.

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Hayes and Fillmore

The corner of Hayes and Fillmore. The old vehicles are gone and the buildings seem to have received a paint job. The church in the background still exists as do the overhead wires that are so prevalent in San Francisco! This location is right in the heart of Hayes Valley.

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Jack’s Records, Lower Haight/Western Addition

Jack’s Records still exists on the corner of Scott and Page, however it is only open on Sundays according to Yelp and is known as “Jack’s Record Cellar“. It has also received a paint job but the telephone lines and poles are still there.


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1800 Market St.

1800 Market Street has undergone some major changes. As Market Street has been developed in recent years, buildings are changing and new construction is taking place. This beautiful old building is now next to a modern-looking red building. 1800 Mission is now the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, and I ride past it every evening on my way home from work to the Western Addition/Lower Haight.


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Page Street, Western Addition

Here, I’m amazed by the lack of change over the last 30 years. The main differences are gates around the homes, the cars parked out front (though I prefer the old truck personally), and all of the buildings seem to have been painted or renovated. The building to the far right has had some windows removed as well.


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Chinatown Auto Service, Financial District

In the first image, check out the man manually switching the trolley car tracks. In the second image, tourists stand where he once stood. Amazingly, Chinatown Auto Service is still an auto shop but is now called Powell Automotive Center.


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250 Liberty, or is it 200?

In the original photo, the block above the tracks is 250. In our present day, it’s 200. Isn’t it amazing how cities change?



Oak and Buchanan

Not much has changed on this scene in the last 30 years. A store still exists, though it no longer advertises itself as the Oakhill Market. Phone lines and street light, though? Still there. There are not as many cars today, though.

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3397 Sacramento St.

Here is a prime example of change. What used to be a beautiful Victorian is now a more modern complex at the corner of Sacramento and Walnut on the border of Pacific Heights and Inner Richmond.

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25th and Dolores

The Mission is one of the neighborhoods pointed to when talking about how San Francisco has changed. Here is an example where a hill that once had stairs to make it easier to climb has changed to no longer having stairs. Having driven this road many times personally I don’t think it requires steps but the change in mindset is interesting nonetheless.

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Hayes and Buchanan

Hayes and Buchanan appears pretty untouched over the last 35 years. The building has undergone a paint job at some point since 1980, but all of the homes still appear to be there and in good condition.

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San Francisco is a beautiful city. Thanks again to Dave for letting us use his photos.

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