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[Then photo: SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY/ Now photo: Google Maps] Albert Gallatin Jr. was a San Francisco big shot, and had the palatial house on Alta Plaza to prove it. As a pioneer backer of the electric industry in California, he worked himself up from floor sweeper to president of Huntington Hopkins Co.
Distantly related to Albert Gallatin, secretary of the treasury under Thomas Jefferson, Albert Gallatin Jr. came to California in 1860. Making a fortune working for Huntington & Hopkins, he built a huge house in Sacramento (which was at one point used as the governor's mansion) before relocating to San Francisco. Gallatin died at his home in San Francisco in 1905. Albert's daughter Jane Gallatin Powers and her husband, San Francisco attorney Frank Hubbard Powers, created a famous artists' haven that became Carmel-by-the-Sea.
The house was demo'd in 1957 to make way for a new campus for the Town School for Boys.