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The House That Soap Built

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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.

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[Then photo: SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY/ Now photo: Google Maps] Call us nostalgic, but there's something awesome about a big ole pre-1906 Earthquake house surviving today, especially when they haven't been too mucked around with. 1201 Fulton, at the north west corner of Alamo Square, was built around 1898 and still maintains all it's Swiss Chalet glory.

The house was built for George D. Lucy, a local soap manufacturer. It's one of the earlier houses constructed in the Alamo Square Historic District, and definitely looks different from its Victorian neighbors. For a while it operated as a B&B with the house next door at 719 Scott, but now it's apartments.
· Alamo Square Historic District (pdf)[SF Planning]
· 1889 San Francisco City Directory [SF Genealogy]