While doing some research for an upcoming blog post about Portola Dr. I came across this great picture of the strip mall located along Portola between Evelyn and Fowler that was taken in 1938. For comparison, I went out and took a picture from roughly the same vantage point last Friday. As you can see, the more things change, the more they stay the same!
The Miraloma Appliance co. is now home to the Portola Cleaners, while the Merit Food Center has made way for Tower Burger (yum!). I can’t quite read the signs on the next two buildings, does anyone know what was once there? Â However, the Miraloma Market (far right hand side of the picture) is still the Miraloma MarketÂ (although way back in 1938 it didn’t have a taqueria).
If the street configuration and parking lot looks a little different to you, then you get bonus stars for your eagle eyes. Portola street was widened in the 1950’s during the lets-build-freeways-everywhere craze, which actually resulted in some of the original homes on Portola Dr. being relocated to other spots in the city.
Anyway, just a fun little then and now picture to satisfy you on this Tuesday. I’m headed out the door for broker’s tour shortly, and will be visiting neighborhoods from the north end to the south side of the city. Not much to view in Miraloma Park today, but inventory across the city is slowly creeping back up.
Have a favorite spot in the city, or an old picture that would make for a great then and now comparison? Get in touch, I’m a big fan of San Francisco history and always love to learn more about the history of the streets and homes in San Francisco.