Cliff House

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1090 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA
Cliff House - Cliff House.
Cliff House - Sunset over Seal Rocks
Cliff House - The Sutro Baths
Cliff House - Seal Rocks, Ocean Beach

Cliff House San Francisco Reviews

irenem irenem
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Cliff House and Sutro Baths Jan 25, 2017
At the end of Golden Gate Park you will come to a busy road and if you cross it, you are at a long sandy beach stretching along the Pacific Ocean. It was very windy and really quite chilly when we reached here, but there were still lots of people on the beach.

In the distance we could see Cliff House and Seal Rocks. The scenery was very beautiful; the ocean was powerful and rough with large breaking waves.

The Original Cliff House was built in 1863 as a fashionable resort for the wealthy. It was a one-story wooden building which overlooked Seal Rocks.

In 1881, Adolph Sutro, a self-made millionaire, who would one day become mayor of San Francisco, bought Cliff House and began to redevelop it as a family-friendly venue. Unfortunately, on Christmas Day, 1894 fire destroyed the original wooden Cliff House building.

Within six months of the fire, Sutro had plans for a new Cliff House which opened in 1896. It was eight-stories tall and looked like a castle. This building survived the 1906 earthquake, but was destroyed by fire in September 1907.

After Sutro's death in 1898, his properties passed to his daughter, Emma Sutro Merritt. She constructed a third Cliff House from fireproof steel-reinforced concrete. The Sutro family sold Cliff House in 1937. In 1977, the National Park Service bought the property and made it part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is now a restaurant.

Adolph Sutro, also developed the Sutro Baths in 1894. He constructed an ocean pool aquarium in the rocks north of the Cliff House and a massive public bathhouse covering three acres nearby. At first the baths were very popular, but their popularity declined during the Great Depression and they are now just stunningly beautiful ruins.

We were fortunate enough to be up at Cliff House and the Sutro Baths just as the sun began to set. It was magical. The views over towards Seal Rocks in particular were spectacular. We got back to downtown easily from this area on the number 38 bus.
Seal Rocks, Ocean Beach
The Sutro Baths
Sunset over Seal Rocks
Cliff House.
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