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SOLD OUT Portola Drive History Walk SOLD OUT WNP Event
Aug 15, 2020 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)
Join us for a guided walking tour along Portola Drive led by long-time WNP Board Member Richard Brandi.
Portola Drive was part of the original Corbet Road that traversed the slopes of Twin Peaks from Castro Street to Sloat Boulevard. Portola was widened successively over the years but the current street is the result of the efforts taken during the 1950s. To squeeze in four traffic lanes, a parking strip, and a center median, the city bought all the houses with one exception on the northwest side of Portola from Waitham to Dorchester Way. Houses in St Francis Wood were pushed back or turned on their lots or vanished without trace.
Richard Brandi has been fascinated with house moving and has traced the whereabouts of houses that were scattered across San Francisco, Daly City and Colma. On this tour, we will see how houses in St Francis Wood were changed, see the vacant land north of St. Francis Wood where houses once stood and then hike to seven houses that were relocated over the objections of the Miraloma Park Association (they didn't want "old” houses plunked down in their mid-century paradise).
Warning: This walk is uphill its entire length, including some fairly steep streets.
Sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development via the Invest in Neighborhoods Project courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 10 people to keep us COVID-19 safe, so reserve your space today for just $5. You will receive the secret meet-up location in a follow-up email.