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Panoramas

In the OpenSFHistory Collection we have a variety of panoramic images derived from original prints, glass negatives, nitrate and acetate negatives (some as large as 6 feet long), as well as images and negative that lend themselves to being combined into panoramic views. Our normal display doesn't present these images in the resolution they require to accomodate the views they present, so we're collecting them here with a viewer that should work a little better. (Check back often we'll be adding to this list in the coming months. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dave Lucas who worked to bring these images to the public.)

Further Reading: A Brief History of Panoramic Photography (Library of Congress)

  • Market near Taylor, Jun 1866

    View north across Market to track of Market St Railroad. Spire of Second Congregational Church, later known as Plymouth Church, at left. Tenderloin, at the time known as St. Ann's Valley. Nob Hill in the background with no mansions. Inscription says 1865, but it's 1866 because of RR ties.[TEH82? T.E. Hecht, Market St. Bet. Taylor & Mason Sts 1865 SS-76]
  • View from Nob Hill, 1877

    1877 panorama from the Mark Hopkins home. Crocker Mansion (under construction), Colton Mansion. Masonry strewn in street. (panorama created from multiple glass negatives) [G810 PAN-009a] (GGNRA/Behrman GOGA 35346)
  • View N from Buena Vista Park, 1882

    Panorama 1882. View from Buena Vista Hill [F810 PAN-003a] (GGNRA/Behrman GOGA 35346)
  • Golden Gate Park, 1900

    View easterly from the west end of Conservatory Valley, Conservatory of Flowers at left, Main Drive ( Now JFK Drive) at right.
  • View from Ocean Beach, circa 1900

    View north towards Sutro's Cliff House (2nd Cliff House), Sutro Heights. Ocean Beach Pavilion at right.
  • Carville, 1901

    Panorama - [Cartown 1901] View east from Great Highway. Carriage with driver in top hat in foreground. Villa Miramar at left.
  • Ocean Beach, circa 1901

    Panorama - [Cliff House Sand Dunes.] View northwest over Richmond District dunes towards 2nd Cliff House, Sutro Heights and stable, and early Fort Miley buildings.
  • Sutro Baths, circa 1901

    Panorama - [Sutro Baths.] View looking northwest over twin cupolas of Baths. Marine Exchange lookouts at upper right.
  • Sutro Baths, circa 1901

    Panorama - [Sutro Baths.] View looking north from 2nd Cliff House over Fisherman's Rock (also Flag Rock) to Point Lobos. Baths exterior at right.
  • Merrie Way, circa 1901

    Panorama - [Sutro Heights.] Looking west on streetcar right-of-way to Firth Wheel, Scenic Railway, kiosks on Cliff Road. 2nd Cliff House in distance. Sutro Heights at left.
  • Ocean Beach, circa 1901

    Panorama - [Cliff House.] View north along beach from near foot of Fulton St. Left to right: Lurline Pier, Seal Rocks, 2nd Cliff House, Sutro Heights, Ocean Beach Pavilion, pump station, Sutro Stable.
  • Ocean Beach, 1902

    Panorama - [Cliff House Beach.] Shipwreck of 3-masted schooner 'Reporter.' Masts falling over. Tent on beach at right.
  • Ocean Beach, Mar 1902

    Panorama - [Cliff House Beach.] Shipwreck of 3-masted schooner 'Reporter.' Crowds on beach. Two children close at left.
  • Ocean Beach, Mar 1902

    Panorama - Ocean Beach and shipwreck of 3-masted schooner 'Reporter.' Crowds on beach. Two boys close at left.
  • Ocean Beach, Mar 1902

    Panorama - [Cliff House Beach.] Shipwreck of 3-masted schooner 'Reporter.' Crowds on beach at right.
  • Ocean Beach, Dec 1902

    Panorama - [Pacific Cable] Crowds on beach watching the landing of the trans pacific telegraph cable near foot of Fulton Street.
  • Ocean Beach, circa 1902

    Panorama - [Cliff House Beach.] View south of Ocean Beach from 2nd Cliff House. Left to right: Sutro Heights, Cliff Road, Ocean Beach Pavilion, Lurline Baths pump station and pier. Cycler's Rest
  • Ocean Beach, circa 1902

    Panorama - Ocean Beach from Sutro Heights/ Left to right: Seal Rock Hotel, Ocean Beach Pavilion, Lurline Baths pump station, Cycler's Rest, Great Highway, Lurline Pier
  • Ocean Beach, circa 1902

    Panorama [Pt. Lobos Avenue.] View of west end of Golden Gate Park from Streetcar. Dutch Windmill and Cycler's Rest at center. Approximately Geary and 40th
  • Ocean Beach, circa 1902

    Panorama - [Cliff House Beach.] Landscape view of surf and foam
  • Golden Gate Park, circa 1902

    Panorama - [Golden Gate Park.] Buffalo Bison Paddock
  • Golden Gate Park, circa 1902

    Panorama - [Golden Gate Park.] Temple of Music / Bandshell and Music Concourse. Mount Sutro in distance.
  • Golden Gate Park, circa 1902

    Panorama - [Golden Gate Park.] Buffalo Bison Paddock. Fencing in foreground.
  • Golden Gate Park, circa 1902

    Panorama - [Stow Lake.] View north across lake. Boathouse at far left. Strawberry Hill at right.
  • Golden Gate Park, circa 1902

    Panorama - View across Stow Lake. Automobile parked on road at extreme left.
  • Golden Gate Park, circa 1902

    Panorama - [From GG Park - Strawberry Hill towards Marin Co.] Looking north over Richmond District to Marin Headlands and Mt. Tamalpais.
  • Clement near 23rd Ave, circa 1902

    Panorama - [Richmond.] View looking north over Richmond District from streetcar on Clement Street. Marin Headlands at center, Presidio hills at right.
  • Clement near 23rd Ave, circa 1902

    Panorama - [Clement & 23rd Avenue.] View northeast over Richmond District from streetcar on Clement St. near 23rd Ave. Presidio hills and Marine Hospital / Public Health Service Hospital at right.
  • Euclid & Parker, circa 1902

    Panorama - [Childrens Hospital] View north towards old Childrens Hospital. Man sitting on fence at center, covered with advertisements.
  • Gough near Sutter, circa 1902

    Panorama - [Sutter & Gough] View looking northeast from Gough, just south of Sutter. Apartment house at left still extant in 2019.
  • View from Buena Vista Park, circa 1902

    View northwest toward undeveloped Haight Street and Panhandle [SF2-100] (clearer version of our lantern slide wnp13.030) (GGNRA/Wulzen GOGA 18480)
  • Fulton Chutes, circa 1903

    Fulton Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. Panorama of Chutes at 10th and Fulton looking north to water slide, pt.1, Clayton St Family Collection
  • Golden Gate Park Panorama, circa 1905

    North side of music concourse with museum. Originally constructed as the Fine Arts Building for 1894 Midwinter Fair, it was renamed Memorial Museum in 1895 and eventually became part of de Young Museum. Building at left was originally the Royal Bavarian Pavilion at the 1894 Fair. It was moved and converted into an annex to the Memorial Museum. Part of panorama. The old buildings were demolished in 1929.
  • View from Kite Hill, circa 1905

    Panorama from Solari Hill to Buena Vista and Corona Heights, Gray Brother's factory smoke, part. 1, Clayton St Family Collection. Cropped duplicate of wnp33.01031.
  • Kearny & Post, circa 1905

    Panorama 1905. View north, likely from Chronicle Building. Nob Hill, Fairmont Hotel, California Theatre. [F810 PAN-007a] (GGNRA/Behrman GOGA 35346)
  • Moscone Playground, 1906

    1906 Earthquake and Fire, [Refugees camp at Fort Mason Chas. Bailey L.A. # 104] fields of tents; view east towards Russian Hill; San Francisco Gas Works on left
  • Stockton & Market, 1906

    1906 Earthquake and Fire, [Cor Stockton and Market Sts.] Panoramic view east. Whittell, Mutual, and Call Buildings. Written on back: [The Sunday you was along. A. Singmaster, 8470 Sonoma Ave, Sebastopol]
  • Downtown Ruins, 1906

    1906 Earthquake damage, Panoramic View north from Rialto Building (Mission and New Montgomery), Palace Hotel at Center. [Ruins as seen from Rialto Bldg. Pillsbury Pictures 238]
  • Market & Turk, 1906

    1906 Earthquake damage, Panoramic View east on Market from Turk and Mason, Flood Building and Emporium at center [View Down Market St from Turk]
  • Market near 6th, 1906

    1906 Earthquake damage, Panoramic View east on Market near 6th, Admission Day (Native Sons) Monument at Market and Mason, Flood Building and Emporium at center
  • Ruins from Grant Building, 1906

    1906 Earthquake damage, Panoramic View north from Grant Building (7th and Market), City Hall and Hall of Records at left, St. Boniface and Hibernia Bank at right.
  • Ruins South of Market, 1906

    1906 Earthquake damage, Panoramic View looking north. Taken from near Mission & 6th Sts. Flood Building at right background. Refugee tents, mattresses, bedding hung up.
  • Ruins from Telegraph Hill, 1906

    1906 Earthquake damage, Panoramic View south from Telegraph Hill above Broadway between Kearny and Montgomery, Fairmont Hotel at right, Grace Church, Sentinel Building, Hall of Justice, Downtown [View from Telegraph Hill. Pillsbury Pictures 229]
  • Ruins South of Market, 1906

    1906 Earthquake damage, Panoramic view north, South of Market, Mission between 4th and 5th. Flood Building, Lincoln School at center. [North from Mission near 4th, Pillsbury Pictures 205]
  • Market & Turk, 1906

    1906 Earthquake damage, Panoramic view west from Market, Turk, & Mason. Wilson Building and Hale Brothers Department store at left, City Hall Dome is visible at center. Sightseers, horses, pedestrians.
  • Market & Mason, 1906

    1906 Earthquake damage, Panoramic View East from Market, Turk, & Mason. Admission Day (Native Sons) monument at left, Flood Building center, Emporium, arch of Emma Spreckels building at right
  • Folsom near 3rd, 1906

    1906 Earthquake damage, Panoramic view north from the slope of Rincon Hill. St. Patrick's Church, Aronson Building, Call Building at center. [Ruins from Folsom near 3rd. Pillsbury Pictures 234]
  • Ruins from Nob Hill, 1906

    1906 Earthquake damage, Panoramic View southeast from Nob Hill (Mason near Pine Streets on grounds of Mark Hopkins Art Institute), freestanding chimneys, downtown reconstruction.
  • Jefferson Square, 1906

    1906 Earthquake, Panoramic view of Refugee Camp at Jefferson Square. View east on Turk. St. Paulus Church visible in background (broken glass, repaired with tape)
  • Nob Hill Ruins, 1906

    1906 Earthquake damage, Panoramic View North toward Nob Hill summit from Mason near California, Mark Hopkins Art Institute. Flood Mansion (now Pacific-Union Club) and Fairmont Hotel [Pillsbury Picture Co. 227]
  • Bay near Gough, 1906

    1906 Earthquake, Panoramic view near Lobos Square (Now Moscone Playground). Food distribution from horse-drawn wagon, tents, refugees. Fort Mason in right background.
  • Stanyan & Oak, 1906

    1906 Earthquake and Fire, Refugees lining up for supplies at Young Men's Hebrew Association on Page Street
  • 20th & San Carlos, 1906

    1906 Earthquake and Fire, Elevated view looking west from Mission District Earthquake Ruins, Tank Hill, Corona Heights, Mission High School, Buena Vista Park (part of Panorama - see wnp27.3376)
  • Lombard & Polk, 1906

    1906 Earthquake and Fire, View west to panorama of Cow Hollow District from about Lombard and Polk. Earthquake refugee tents in distance. The apartment building at center still stands at Lombard & Van Ness. San Francisco Gas Works at center right. Russian Hill looking west, Part 1. Part 2 is wnp33.01006. [Clayton St Family Collection]
  • View SE from Telegraph Hill, 1906

    1906 Earthquake and Fire, Panorama, 1 of 4, smoking ruins from Telegraph Hill toward the Ferry building. [F810 EF-102A] (GGNRA/Behrman GOGA 35346)
  • Panorama of fire, Apr 18, 1906

    1906 Earthquake, Panoramic view east from the roof of the Merchants Exchange (431 California, between Montgomery and Sansome). Fire burning April 18th, 1906 [ View from the Merchants Exchange Pillsbury Pictures 100]
  • Fire from Potrero Hill, Apr 18, 1906

    1906 Earthquake and Fire, View north to fires from about 20th and Arkanas, after 1906 earthquake in empty lot just east of Arkansas Street. Side and rear of 1627 20th Street on right. (composite made from 2 glass negatives wnp15.192 and wnp15.193)
  • Fire from Potrero Hill at Night, Apr 18, 1906

    1906 Earthquake and Fire, View north to fires from about 20th and Arkanas, after 1906 earthquake in empty lot just east of Arkansas Street. Side and rear of 1627 20th Street on right. (composite made from 2 glass negatives wnp15.194 and wnp15.195)
  • Embarcadero & Market, circa 1906

    [Market St. West from the Ferry Building on East St. #110. Chas Bailey LA] Panoramic view of pedestrians, horses, wagons, and rebuilding.
  • View from Twin Peaks, Nov 15, 1907

    Panoramic View from Twin Peaks
  • Presidio, circa 1907

    Panoramic view from Inspiration Point [Presidio at SF]
  • View from Pacific Heights, circa 1907

    View north from about Broadway between Broderick and Baker. 2858 Vallejo and 2856 Vallejo at center. Incriptions indicate the Presidio (at left), Harbor View (early recreation site, center), and Ft. Mason (right)
  • View from SF Bay, circa 1907

    View west from San Francisco Bay off the the Ferry Building post earthquake reconstruction in progress [Bailey 107]
  • 46th near Anza, circa 1907

    View south from camera maker Samuel Slayton's home at 554 46th Avenue over the largely empty Outer Richmond. Spring Valley Water tank (46th and Anza) at center, Sutro's stable at right. Golden Gate Park in the distance.
  • View from Parnassus Heights, Oct 17, 1908

    View north from the home of T. Paterson Ross, architect, 109 Edgewood. Carl Street and former Metropolitan Railway powerhouse (decommissioned in 1902) in foreground. Golden Gate Park nursery and future site of Kezar Stadium at center. [View from residence of Mr. & Mrs. T. Paterson Ross Oct. 17, 1908]
  • Embarcadero near Howard, circa 1908

    View north from Howard Street Wharf. Ships Rochambeau and William P Frye at anchor. Crowley's Launches, New Wellington Coal Dock, Hotel Mohawk, Ferry Building
  • View from Ferry Building, circa 1908

    Panoramic view southwest from the Ferry Building Tower
  • View from Sutro Heights, Jul 5, 1909

    Panorama from Sutro Heights looking south to Ocean Beach. Amundsen's ship, Gjoa, can be seen being hauled ashore., pt.1 [Clayton St Family Collection]
  • Point Lobos Avenue, 1910

    [Sutro Baths - No. 6. Panorama 1st. Standing on Sutro Heights property on the south side of Cliff Avenue, opposite Sutro Baths, looking north and east, showing depot and fence surrounding Sutro Baths.] Firth Wheel in background. [Sutro Estate Assessment - A. S. Baldwin]
  • Baker & Oak, circa 1910

    Panoramic view from Baker Street. Golden Gate Park Panhandle with McKinley Monument, Southern Pacific Hospital, before 4th wing was added, view north on Baker toward Calvary Cemetery
  • Golden Gate, circa 1910

    Panoramic view of SF Bay and Golden Gate, from Lincoln Park
  • View from Bayview Hill, circa 1910

    Panoramic view west and north from Bayview Hill across the sparsely developed Bayview toward Hunters Point.
  • View from Hunters Point, circa 1910

    Panoramic view south and west from Hunters Point toward San Bruno Mountain, Bayview Hill, McLaren Park. Much of the bay in this view is now filled.
  • Market & Caselli, circa 1910

    Panorama from Falcon Ave near Caselli with Joost property on left and Corbett Rd in background, pt.1, Clayton St Family Collection
  • Great Highway near Fulton, 1912

    Auto and horses on the road, Sheehan's Tavern, Sutro stable, Cyclers Rest, Dutch Windmill, Gjoa ship.
  • Union Square, circa 1912

    Elevated panoramic view north over Union Square from Geary. St. Francis Hotel at left, with land cleared along Post Street for construction of 1913 wing.
  • View from Call Building, circa 1912

    Panoramic view southwest to northeast from new the top of the Call / Spreckels Building (now known as the Central Tower) at 3rd and Market. from Twin Peaks on the left to the Ferry Building and Yerba Buena Island on the right.
  • Downtown View, circa 1912

    Elevated view from the St. Francis Hotel, north up Powell toward Nob Hill, Fairmont Hotel, Telegraph Hill. Intersection at bottom is Powell and Sutter. (composite from glass negatives)
  • Polo Fields, circa 1912

    Panorama of Golden Gate Park polo fields looking north, pt.1, Clayton St Family Collection
  • View from Corona Heights, 1913

    Panoramic view north and east from Corona Heights, Civic Auditorium under construction.
  • Sansome near Lombard, Dec 11, 1914

    Sansome below Telegraph Hill [dpwbook10 dpw2098] Panorama with 2099. Merchants Ice and Cold Storage Co., Saloon, North Point Dock Warehouse, Albers Bros. Milling Co, boxcar on railroad siding.
  • Angel Island, circa 1914

    Panoramic view of Angel Island Immigration station, looking east from Perimeter Road.
  • Presidio, circa 1914

    Panoramic view east over future Crissy Field, Lifesaving Station, Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) under construction in the distance
  • PPIE, 1915

    Panama-Pacific International Exposition, Panoramic view looking south of Panama-Pacific International Exposition, viewed from San Francisco Bay
  • View from Twin Peaks, 1915

    Panormaic View from Point Bonita to Bernal Heights [Birds Eye View of San Francisco]
  • View from Alemany, Mar 4, 1915

    Islais Creek E from Hill [dpwbook11 dpw2272] looking north to Potrero Hill
  • View from Lone Mountain, circa 1920

    Panoramic View from Lone Mountain stretching from Ewing Field at Masonic and O'Farrell at left left to Golden Gate Heights at right background. Calvery and Masonic Cemeteries, Buena Vista Park, Twin Peaks, Mt. Sutro, and St. Ignatius Church are among the notable views
  • Lyman Stewart Shipwreck, 1923

    Panoramic view of the oil tanker SS Lyman Stewart grounded near Lands End. Spectators on the cliff, people on the wreck. [Oil Tanker Lyman Stewart Grounded on the South Shore of the Golden Gate]
  • Golden Gate Heights, 1928

    View west toward the Inner Sunset and undeveloped Golden Gate Heights from the west slope of Mt. Sutro
  • View N from Twin Peaks, 1935

    View northwest from the top of Twin Peaks toward Mt. Sutro and the Richmond District. A man and child making their way down the hill.
  • View from Twin Peaks, circa 1950

    View northeast from Twin Peaks (possibly from the old Sutro Mansion broadcast tower) over Clarendon Heights, Tank Hill, Mt. Olympus, Buena Vista Park, Golden Gate Park panhandle, Upper Haight, Haight Ashbury, Alcatraz, Marin Headlands.