Monumental wall map version of Candrian’s popular folding map of San Francisco. In addition to its exceptional design and detail, this particular map is especially interesting because it is a working example giving insight into the publishing process. To update the map for the year 1927, the mapmaker has pasted new information directly onto the map. These additions include new streets in Golden Gate Heights, St. Mary’s Park, Mt Davidson Manor, Westwood Highlands, and Sherwood Forest, along with a new street index.
In this way, the map represents both the evolution of the urban development of San Francisco and its cartography. Many new roads and neighborhoods were surveyed in the first decades of the the 20th century, a time that included the 1915 Panama–Pacific Exposition and the post-war prosperity of the 1920s. While many of the new neighborhoods were not developed until after the Great Depression, maps of the city were forever changed. In the western neighborhoods, for example, many 19th century maps show a uniform street grid that in many cases didn’t represent reality. This was especially true of the area now known as Golden Gate Heights, a north-south running ridge west of Twin Peaks. Our map shows a street system that reflects the varied topography of this neighborhood.