Friday, March 23, 2012

Contrast in the Haight - Part 2

A new kit from Maya de Groot appropriately called Contrast is so perfect for the recent pictures from the new 'hood, the Haight.

This first one uses the simple photo of the intersection of Haight and Ashbury, such a famous intersection, evokes thoughts of so much history, and so I couldn't help thinking of Scott McKenzie's famous song.

The song has been stuck in my head for a week now, but what a great one to be stuck!

SF Contrast 1

And this next one, just some random shots from the neighborhood, including the gate to Ms AC's apartment, the hardware store downstairs and The Red Victorian.

The Red Victorian warrants further investigation on a next visit.  It is apparently
"a living peace museum and B&B in the heart of San Francisco's historic Haight Ashbury district. The Red Vic is a gathering place for travelers and San Franciscans alike who are excited to live, talk, learn, and teach ways to create a Peaceful World.
The Bed & Breakfast is a historical landmark offering 18 guest rooms. The Peaceful World Center promotes activities and conversations aimed at creating and living social change. The Peaceful World Café serves as a local gathering place for friends, food, drink and Events."

The Red Victorian is the only surviving turn of the 20th century hotel on Haight Street.

It was built in 1904 as an upstairs country resort hotel. People came from San Francisco by the Market Street cable car to take in the country air in the newly developed Golden Gate Park. When the Red Victorian was built, the Conservatory and the first children's public playground were already in the Park.

In 1967, the Summer of Love swept through the Haight-Ashbury District. The Red Victorian was in the center of it all - in the forefront of the Peace Movement, the Ecology Movement, and the Social Justice Movement. Today it stands as a hospitality center for people who work and believe in taking care of the Planet and each other.

Sami Sunchild came in 1977 and dedicated herself to preserving the historic landmark Red Victorian as a Living Museum, where people of the neighborhood and from all over the world find hospitality and friendship.

The 18 upstairs guest rooms of the Red Victorian Bed and Breakfast commemorate the Summer of Love and Golden Gate Park. The Red Victorian is world famous and popular with educators, media people, artists, ecology-oriented and peace-oriented thinkers and world travelers.

 SF Contrast 2 

Here is the preview for this kit that has enabled me to relive moments from the Summer of Love and learn a bit more about the fascinating history of San Francisco.  This kit and all Maya's products are available exclusively at Oscraps.
Create some black and white memories today!

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