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I'm doing some research on the St. Nicholas Hotel in San Francisco. The hotel was destroyed by the fire that followed the earth quake in 1906. I believe it was located on Van Ness but I don't know in which block. If you have any resource that could tell me where the hotel was located, or anything else about the hotel for that matter, I would be very interested.
-- Gary Treible (email@example.com), March 12, 2001
See if this helps. City directories certaily would have the address
http://www.sfmuseum.org/1906/kennedy.html. (Retrieved 5/25/01, 9:06 a.m.)
Another section of the City now comes into prominence. In a house on the south side of Hayes Street, about 75 feet east of Gough, a woman started a fire in her stove to cook breakfast, about 9 o'clock. The chimney had been rendered defective by the earthquake, and fire broke out. This fire is popularly known as the "ham and egg fire", and may truthfully be said to have burned over more territory than any other single fire. The fire department was all engaged, and no concerted action to stop it was possible. It crossed Gough Street to the west, Franklin Street to the east, and Hayes Street to the south, and long before noon was well on its way. At about 1 P.M. the St. Nicholas Hotel at the intersection of Market and Hayes Street had been reached; at the same time St. Ignatius Church and College at Van Ness and Hayes was on fire, and flying embers started a fire on the roof of Mechanics Pavilion. It was also burning in a northwesterly direction, having reached Gough and Grove Streets.
-- Bill Trinkle (WJTrinkle@aol.com), May 25, 2001.
The St. Nicholas Hotel: 1630 Market St. I.R. & J.H. Doolittle Co. proprietor
-- Scott Denny (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 10, 2002.