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From Butcher Shop to Baptist Church

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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.




[1954 Then photo: SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY/ Now photo: Google Maps]

It's Friday, it's almost lunchtime, and we're hungry. Too bad we can't hit up El Rancho Meat Center on Geneva Avenue – it was transformed into the New Mt. Vernon Baptist Church (we're not sure when the church took over the building, but it wasn't formed until 1986, so sometime after that). The 1954 building still reads pretty much the same, though the glass storefronts have been filled in to hold smaller windows. The funky curved front entrance with era-fav glass block still remain. Dang, now we're really hungry.