Golden Gate Bridge Then and Now

Photo credit: Orbitz | OpenSF History | Niall David via Peta Pixel
Travel booking website Orbitz recently scoured the historical photo archives of OpenSF History and the San Francisco Public Library to create their “The City by the Bay” series. Simply put, they compared photographs captured in the past with present-day photos shot in October 2018 by San Francisco-based photographer Niall David. First up, we have the Golden Gate Bridge as seen during its construction in 1935. Though the idea of a bridge spanning the Golden Gate was not new, the proposal that eventually took hold was made in a 1916 San Francisco Bulletin article by former engineering student James Wilkins. San Francisco’s City Engineer estimated the cost at $100 million, which equates to $2.12 billion today, and impractical for the time. Read more to see additional then and now photo comparisons of famous San Francisco sights.

9. City Hall (1913)

San Francisco Then and Now
San Francisco Then and Now

8. Old St. Mary’s Cathedral (1900)

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San Francisco Then and Now

7. Lombard Street (1922)

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San Francisco Then and Now

6. Flood Building (1904)

San Francisco Then and Now
San Francisco Then and Now

5. Hyde Street Pier (1975)

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San Francisco Then and Now

4. Transamerica Building (1911)

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San Francisco Then and Now

3. Sentinel Building (1915)

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San Francisco Then and Now

2. Haight Theater (1948)

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San Francisco Then and Now

1. Chinatown (1910)

San Francisco Then and Now
San Francisco Then and Now