Tunnels: Gateways of the Greater San Francisco 1912 Urban Development Promotion pre-Panama-Pacific Exposition ~ Signed by Samuel Adelstein


Title: Tunnels: Gateways ot the Greater San Francisco: their effect on traffic conditions, business development and real estate values

Author: [Compiled by Samuel Adelstein and Warren Hilton]

Description: Inscribed by Samuel Adelstein. Staple-bound in card stock covers. Covers show light wear and mild general soiling. Interior is clean and unmarked. Four full-page illustrations. 32 pages. 10 x 6.5 inches. Four institutional copies located on OCLC.

A booklet which advocates for the development of San Francisco through the construction of new tunnels, partly in anticipation of the traffic of the coming Panama-Pacific International Exposition, to be held in 1915. It describes the benefits of tunnels on traffic conditions, business development, and real estate values, and includes the testimonies of several Los Angeles businessmen, who describe the profitability that tunnels have provided their city. Published in early August 1912, the tunnels that the booklet describes and makes cases for are: the Fillmore Street Tunnel (never built), the Twin Peaks Tunnel, the Stockton Street Tunnel, the Fort Mason Tunnel, and the Broadway Tunnel (construction didn't began until 1950).

Inscribed by Samuel Adelstein (1866-1934), the famous classical mandolinist and a vice-chairman of the Fillmore Street Improvement Association and member of the Tunnel Committee of the Civic League of Improvement Clubs of San Francisco, who helped compile the booklet and whose correspondence is reproduced within. He inscribed it to a draftsman who worked for San Francisco's Board of Public Works, George(s) Jean Couchot (1875-1914), whose drawing of the prospective South Portal of the Fillmore Street Tunnel is featured. George was also the brother of the prominent local engineer/architect Maurice C. Couchot, who designed San Francisco's Bank of Italy Building, which is now designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Binding: Staple bound soft cover
Condition: Very Good

Publisher: The Tunnel Committee of the Civic League of Improvement Clubs of San Francisco / [Printed by Taylor, Nash & Taylor]
Place: San Francisco
Year: 1912

Keywords: San Francisco, city development, infrastructure, history, ephemera, Samuel Adelstein, George Couchot, Fillmore Street tunnel, Twin Peaks tunnel, Stockton Street tunnel, Fort Mason tunnel, Broadway tunnel, Georges Jean Couchot, George J. Couchot,

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