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Public spaces change fast here in San Francisco, and for better or worse, it can be pretty crazy when you see what the City used to look like. Every week, we'll bring you Then & Now, a comparison of historic photos of the Bay Area with current views from the same perspective. Have a suggestion for a photo comparison that looks totally different (or shockingly the same)? Drop us a tip in the Curbed Inbox or leave a comment after the jump.

Quick note: See that vertical green bar in the middle of the then and now photos? You can move it horizontally to see the photos side by side.

[Then photo: SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY/ Now photo: Google Earth] Hot on the heels of last night's 49ers victory, and in anticipation of their impending relocation to Santa Clara, today's Then & Now features the infamous love-it-or-hate-it Candlestick Park.

When originally constructed in 1958, Candlestick Park was the home to the recently moved San Francisco Giants. Part of the acquisition of the Giants from New York included an agreement to build them a new stadium to replace Seals Stadium. It was the first "modern" baseball stadium, built entirely of reinforced concrete and designed by John Bolles. Then-Vice President Richard Nixon threw out the first baseball on the opening day of Candlestick Park on April 12, 1960. The park went on to host some of the Oakland Raiders games and the last live Beatles concert in 1966.

Candlestick Park, showing parking lot and view of Bay, 1968 [Photo: SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY]

The stadium was originally constructed with an open view out to the bay, but was enclosed with stands built around the outfield during the winter of 1970–71 when the 49ers moved from Kezar Stadium.

The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake infamously struck minutes before Game 3 of the World Series between the Giants and the A's was to begin. No one in the stadium was injured, and people credited the stadium's design for saving thousands of lives. They delayed the series for 10 days to give engineers time to check the structural stability, but only minor damage occurred.
· Candlestick Park [Ballparks of Baseball]
· Loma Prieta [National Geographic]

Candlestick Park

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