Petaluma’s Silk Mill

The Carlson Courier Silk Mill was built in Petaluma in 1892. The style of architecture is Georgian Colonial Revival. This mill made silk thread. Back then its proximity to the Petaluma river was an asset for shipping. In 1940 the building was bought by the Sunset Line and Twine company, and the business was converted […]

Farewell, Hotel

The Jack Tar Hotel opened in 1960, at the corner of Van Ness and Geary in San Francisco. It was modern and swank, and provided formidable competition to the staid hotels of Union Square. Sinatra sang there, Coppola’s ‘The Conversation’ was filmed there. In 1982 it was renamed the Cathedral Hill Hotel. (This photo was […]