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The Cliff House and Sutro Heights Park
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California

I remember going to dinner at the Cliff House with my family when I was a kid and admiring the view. Years later, in college in the '60's, I went again and was surprised at how run down it was, and the forgettable food. Since then it has been renovated and the menu upgraded at least twice.

In the late nineteenth century Adolph Sutro rebuilt the original Cliff House as a fantastic seven story gingerbread Victorian, but it burned down a decade later. The current structure harks back to its 1909 replacement, skipping over the tacky versions in between. Sutro's mansion stood on the hill behind, in what is now Sutro Heights Park.

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North of the Cliff House

North of the Cliff House

Looking north from the Cliff House over the site of the historic Sutro Baths.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California

Date photographed: December 5, 2011
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Camera Obscura at the Cliff House

Camera Obscura at the Cliff House

The Cliff House restaurant, and the camera obscura "giant camera".

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California

Date photographed: December 5, 2011
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Ocean Beach from the Cliff House

Ocean Beach from the Cliff House

Next to the Cliff House, with a view south along Ocean Beach.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California

Date photographed: December 5, 2011
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Sutro Park Above the Cliff House

Sutro Park Above the Cliff House

Adolf Sutro built the crenellated parapet as a public viewpoint.

Sutro Heights Park, San Francisco, California

Date photographed: December 5, 2011
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Sutro Park Above the Cliff House

Sutro Park Above the Cliff House

Below the parapet on the bluffs above the Cliff House.

Sutro Heights Park, San Francisco, California

Date photographed: December 5, 2011
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