Posted by John Martini on Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 19:19:44 :
In Reply to: Girls orphanage in Presidio/19th Ave area posted by Brian Arlon Sunday on Friday, January 20, 2006 at 19:29:00 :
It's possible that "The Home" your grandmother was referring to was actually the Catholic church's "Little Sisters of the Poor Home" at 300 Lake Street in the Richmond District.
Several of your grandmother's recollections support this home. Although you can't see Letterman Hospital from there, it's only a few blocks from the Public Health Service Hospital at 14th and Lake Streets. And the looming PHS Hospital was built in the early 1930s, just as your grandmother remembers, whereas Letterman was static during that period. Also, as Ron noted, you can't see Letterman from the Richmond District.
Another clue: the Little Sister's home would have been to the right when driving towards the Presidio along 19th Avenue, although I think you actually meant Park Presidio Boulevard.
The home is still there, albeit much remodeled.
Hope this is.
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