History of Movement of Houses in San Francisco, particularly those located on 20th Street

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In the early 1900's a lot of houses in San Francisco were moved from their original locations. Why? In particular, there are three houses located next to each other, with the bay windows still juxtaposed, on 20th Street (between Church and Sanchez) that each came from a different location. The middle one is written up in Here Today. I'm looking for information on the western one, current address 3925-27 20th Street. The water hook-up after its move occurred in 1908, and it was owned by Father Dennis Crowley (also known for his work with the Youth's Directory in the late 1890's - early 1900's). Any information about the house and/or its original owner would be much appreciated.

-- rebecca wightman (rlwightman@earthlink.net), October 18, 2002


Rebbeca, that is a tough subject. I have been trying to find out how houses from San Jose Ave were moved in the 50's and I have had no luck. Hopefully your search will turn out better. I suggest going to surfwax.com and typing in " San Francisco Housing History". By the way, if you come across anything about how San Jose Ave houses were moved, I'd appreciate it if you told me.

In the words of the great Kurt Iverson, "good luck in you research".

-- Sean M. Hall (seanmhall@hotmail.com), October 18, 2002.


I just posted a reply to Sean re: the moving of houses on San Jose Ave. during the construction of the 280 freeway, but that was considerably later than the period in question. One of the seniors here in town is an old SF guy and may remember the story behind your houses. I'll ask him tomorrow and see if he has any info.

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