This first, sepia-toned section of the mural depicts Market Street in the mid 1920's. This was the transit period nicknamed “The Roar Of The Four,” which refers to the constant, low-level thunder of the four sets of tracks that used to carry a nearly constant stream of streetcars along Market Street. One never had to wait for public transit in those days!
As remote as this period may feel, it was a still vivid memory for the owner of the building at 300 Church Street that the mural is painted on. Sam Yeramian, 91 years old at the time and still helping out at the corner store “Groceteria” next to the mural, told me of his memories of the twenties. This first, sepia-toned section of the mural depicts Market Street in the mid 1920's. This was the transit period nicknamed “The Roar Of The Four,” which refers to the constant, low-level thunder of the four sets of tracks that used to carry a nearly constant stream of streetcars along Market Street. One never had to wait for public transit in those days!
I included a detail in the painting inspired by Sam’s stories of how, when he was a lad, he would run to catch up with the moving streetcars and jump onto their “cow catchers” (retractable bumpers), where he could ride for less than the full fare nickel, and sometimes for free.
The mural was dedicated in memory of another remarkable senior, Dave Pharr, an old-school streetcar mechanic and preservationist with the Market Street Railway and friend of our Duboce Bikeway mural project, who had just passed away when I started designing this mural.
This section features some architecture which in part still exist, and in part not.
The tallest building on the left used to be the San Francisco Call newspaper’s building, and it actually still exists but stripped of its gorgeous ornate dome, which was removed in 1938 and replaced with a more modern square top. The fact that this striking landmark was purposely stripped is even more remarkable considering that the dome had burnt down during the 1906 fire, but had subsequently been completely restored.
The other tall building on the right is the still existing Humboldt Bank building, once prominent and now dwarfed by its surrounding skyscrapers.
Size: 38 x 12 feet
11,6 x 3,6 meters
Funded by a grant from the San Francisco Neighborhood Beautification Fund, and by San Francisco Beautiful.
Nonprofit Fiscal Sponsors: SomArts, CounterPULSE
Design and painting by Mona Caron
Special thanks to:
David Hochschild (initiator)
Chris Carlsson (life inspiration)
Dedication in memory of Dave Pharr
This mural was honored with:
Certificate of Honor by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition
2004 San Francisco Beautification Award from San Francisco Beautiful.
SF Bay Guardian's 2004 "Best Of The Bay" award
San Francisco Magazine "Best Of The Bay Area" 2005 award
2005 Precita Eyes Special Recognition Mural Award