SUTRO BATHS, CLIFF HOUSE, SUTRO HEIGHTS. Illustrated by Taber. Copyrighted 1895. [San Francisco: Taber, n.d. 1896.]. 19.7x27.8 cm, (oblong large octavo), pp. [1-2] 3-96, illustrations, original cream wrappers printed in gold, red cloth tape spine. First edition. An elaborate souvenir book commemorating the opening of the new Cliff House and the adjoining Sutro Baths, illustrated throughout with photographs by I. W. Taber and advertisements on facing pages for local businesses, most connected in some way with the Sutro project. The old Cliff House, a San Francisco destination opened in 1863, was destroyed by fire 25 December 1894. The Cliff House was rebuilt by Adolph Sutro (1830-1898), entrepreneur, philanthropist, and enormously popular Mayor of San Francisco (1894-1896), who also built the Sutro Baths on a small beach inlet below it. The Sutro Baths, opened to the public on 14 March 1986, was the world's largest indoor swimming pool establishment. The baths struggled for years, mostly due to high operating and maintenance costs. A fire in 1966 destroyed the building while it was being demolished. Both the Cliff House and the former baths site are now a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, operated by the United States National Park Service. A major pictorial record of a world famous San Francisco entertainment complex made by the most prominent San Francisco photographer of the period. Rocq (1970) 12407. Wrappers dusty, short tear in front wrapper repaired, a very good copy. (#166861).
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